Stroke and altered mental state increase risk of death for COVID-19 patients

People hospitalized with COVID-19 and neurological problems including stroke and confusion, have a higher risk of dying than other COVID-19 patients, according to a study published online today by researchers at Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the journal Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. These findings…Continue Reading

Incidence of Stroke, But Not MI, Increasing in Young People

Although the incidence of stroke is increasing steadily among young adults, the incidence of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) remains stable, a new analysis suggests. This finding raises the question of whether cardiovascular risk factors are the main cause of the increasing incidence of stroke among younger people, said the researchers. “It has been a mystery…Continue Reading

Disabling Stroke Reduced With Ticagrelor After Minor Stroke, TIA

Additional results from the THALES trial have shown that one month’s dual antiplatelet therapy with ticagrelor (Brilinta; Astra Zeneca) plus aspirin is associated with a reduction in disabling stroke compared with aspirin alone in patients with minor stroke or high-risk transient ischemic attack (TIA). Primary results of the THALES trial, published earlier this year in…Continue Reading

Stroke: First aid

A stroke occurs when there’s bleeding into your brain or when blood flow to your brain is blocked. Within minutes of being deprived of essential nutrients, brain cells start dying. Seek immediate medical assistance. A stroke is a true emergency. The sooner treatment is given, the more likely it is that damage can be minimized.…Continue Reading

Stroke After TIA: Risk Remains High

The incidence of stroke following a transient ischemic attack (TIA) has decreased somewhat over the past 50 years but hardly at all during the past decade, a new meta-analysis shows. “This systematic review and meta-analysis found that transient ischemic attack continues to be associated with a high risk of early stroke. However, the rate of…Continue Reading

Why is stroke so deadly for people of African descent?

African-Americans have up to three times the risk of dying from strokes as people of European descent, yet there has been little investigation of if and how genetic variants contribute to their elevated stroke risk. Until now. A large international team of scientists has completed the largest analysis of stroke-risk genes ever undertaken in individuals…Continue Reading

A research group has developed a new, lightweight and motor-less device that can be easily attached to an ankle support device — otherwise known as an ankle foot orthosis (AFO). The new device will aid stroke patients in their rehabilitation, improving their walking and preventing falls. Stroke patients often suffer from motor paralysis as a…Continue Reading