Top News: #Stroke

Here are the top read news for #stroke:

Treating blood clotsClot-removal device paired with drug shows benefits for stroke patients:

In most patients suffering a potentially devastating stroke triggered by a blood clot, retrieval of the clot with a medical device along with the standard drug therapy restored blood flow to the brain and reduced rates of death and disability, four new clinical trials have demonstrated. Read more


Image of the brain in head.Potential increase in cancer risk for stroke survivors:

While people who survive strokes might be immediately concerned with their cardiovascular health, their concerns may not rest there. A new study of stroke survivors has indicated that having a stroke is associated with an increased risk of underlying cancer. Read more



660_Mans_Eye.jpgUsing ocular ultrasounds to measure brain pressure may help predict stroke patients’ death risk:

Examining the eyes is clinicians’ first line of action when a patient complains about a headache that won’t go away. When there’s pressure behind the eyes— either due to a serious ailment like a brain tumor or meningitis, or in the instance of a stroke— it’s because blood flow in the brain isn’t functioning properly, thus causing the brain to swell. Read more


Mobile stroke units shaving crucial minutes off response times in Texas, Ohio:

Mobile stroke units debuted in two U.S. cities during the past year, and already they are saving critical minutes when it comes to treating stroke patients, according to a pair of studies released Wednesday. Read more


blood pressureLower Blood Pressure Reduces First Stroke Risk: Study:

Keeping the top number in a blood pressure reading below 140 helps reduce the risk of stroke in healthy people 60 and older, according to a new study. The findings challenge a report published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The 2014 report said that doctors should aim for blood pressure readings of 150/90 mm Hg or lower for patients 60 and older who do not have diabetes or chronic kidney disease. That top number (the “systolic” reading) is 10 points higher than in previous recommendations and triggered controversy in the medical community. Read more