Stroke

Unchecked MRI results

Unchecked MRI results

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A clinician sends an 18-year-old patient for a same-day MRI but forgets to review the results with the same urgency.

Patients with atrial fibrillation and stroke risk treated with aspirin over oral anticoagulants

Patients with atrial fibrillation and stroke risk treated with aspirin over oral anticoagulants

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Specific patient characteristics predicted the type of therapy more likely to be prescribed.

Whole grain consumption reduces chronic disease, all-cause mortality

Whole grain consumption reduces chronic disease, all-cause mortality

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Reductions in disease risk were observed for an intake as high as 7.5 servings of whole grains per day.

Rates of CVD mortality declining in US

Rates of CVD mortality declining in US

Researchers found that mortality rates dropped less than 1% between 2011 and 2014.

Intensive blood pressure reduction offers no added benefit in stroke outcomes

Intensive blood pressure reduction offers no added benefit in stroke outcomes

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For patients with intracerebral hemorrhage, intensive blood pressure reduction has similar outcomes compared with standard treatment.

Air pollution among leading risk factors for stroke

Air pollution among leading risk factors for stroke

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About 90% of global stroke burden can be linked to modifiable risk factors.

Levonorgestrel, low-dose estrogen associated with lower risk for adverse vascular events among oral contraceptives

Levonorgestrel, low-dose estrogen associated with lower risk for adverse vascular events among oral contraceptives

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Compared with other estrogen doses and progestogen types, low-dose estrogen with levonorgestrel had a decreased risk of adverse events.

Aspirin significantly reduces the risk for secondary stroke

Aspirin significantly reduces the risk for secondary stroke

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Aspirin significantly reduces the risk of a recurrent stroke 6 weeks after a transient ischemic attack or minor stroke.

Migraine medications not linked to stroke risk

Migraine medications not linked to stroke risk

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For patients with basilar or hemiplegic migraines, two common migraine medications do not increase the risk of stroke and cardiovascular events.

Stroke risk reduced with DASH diet

Stroke risk reduced with DASH diet

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Researchers found a statistically significant link between modified DASH diet score and risk of ischemic stroke.

Diabetes drug may lower risk of recurrent stroke, MI in insulin-resistant patients

Diabetes drug may lower risk of recurrent stroke, MI in insulin-resistant patients

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Although pioglitazone decreased the risk of stroke and myocardial infarction in this population, it elevated the risk of weight gain, edema, and bone fracture.

Aspirin use pre-stroke reduces stroke severity

Aspirin use pre-stroke reduces stroke severity

Stroke severity was reduced in aspirin users with large artery atherosclerosis.

Personalizing anticoagulant treatments for nonvalvular atrial fibrillation

Personalizing anticoagulant treatments for nonvalvular atrial fibrillation

Multiple considerations come into play when choosing anticoagulant therapy for a patient with atrial fibrillation, a condition that greatly increases the risk for stroke.

Initiating alpha-blocker therapy linked to higher risk of stroke in men

Initiating alpha-blocker therapy linked to higher risk of stroke in men

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Investigators found an increased risk of ischemic stroke among all patients within 21 days following initiation of alpha-blocker therapy.

Shingles increases stroke, MI risk in elderly

Shingles increases stroke, MI risk in elderly

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Risk of stroke and myocardial infarction may be more than double in the first week following a shingles diagnosis in elderly patients.

Shingles increases stroke, myocardial infarction risk in the elderly

Shingles increases stroke, myocardial infarction risk in the elderly

Stroke risk increased for three months immediately following a shingles diagnosis, with a two-fold risk during the first week.

Higher stroke risk in children with infections

Higher stroke risk in children with infections

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According to research published in the journal Neurology, children who have had infections or who have not received their vaccinations are at a higher risk for stroke.

High stress jobs are linked to increased stroke risk

High stress jobs are linked to increased stroke risk

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High stress jobs are associated with a 22% higher risk of stroke, and were 58% more likely to have an ischemic stroke.

High stress jobs linked to increased stroke risk

High stress jobs linked to increased stroke risk

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As workplaces become increasingly more demanding, employees find themselves at an elevated risk for stroke.

Thrombolysis 3 to 4.5 hours after stroke may increase mortality without clear benefit


Thrombolysis 3 to 4.5 hours after stroke may increase mortality without clear benefit


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Clinicians should be aware of the uncertainty regarding benefit of administering t-PA more than 3 hours after stroke onset.

Childhood cancer, stroke survivors at risk for second stroke

Childhood cancer, stroke survivors at risk for second stroke

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According to a study published in Neurology, people who survived cancer and stroke in childhood have a doubled risk of a second stroke.

More intensive hypertension control benefits older adults

More intensive hypertension control benefits older adults

Reaching a systolic pressure of 120 mm HG reduces the risk of heart attack, heart failure, and stroke by a third.

Statins cost-effective in adults aged 40-75 years

Statins cost-effective in adults aged 40-75 years

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For older adults at risk for heart attack or stroke, statin use is cost effective in 48% to 67% of patients.

Stroke may 
increase rate of cognitive decline

Stroke may 
increase rate of cognitive decline

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People who suffered a stroke showed significant acute cognitive decline during six years of follow up.

Working long hours increases stroke risk

Working long hours increases stroke risk

People who work longer hours have an increased risk of stroke and coronary heart disease.

Uric acid therapy may be effective
 for women after acute ischemic stroke

Uric acid therapy may be effective
 for women after acute ischemic stroke

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Uric acid therapy reduced disability for up to 90 days in women after stroke.

Aspirin use common in people with history of CVD, stroke

Aspirin use common in people with history of CVD, stroke

Approximately 70% of Americans with a history of CVD take aspirin regularly.

Heart attack, stroke warnings updated for NSAIDs

Heart attack, stroke warnings updated for NSAIDs

The FDA will require manufacturers to include updated warnings on prescription and OTC NSAIDs.

Comorbidity involving diabetes, myocardial infarction, stroke increases mortality risk

Comorbidity involving diabetes, myocardial infarction, stroke increases mortality risk

People with more than one major health problem have higher mortality than those with just one condition.

Stroke risk higher with depression

Stroke risk higher with depression

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Adults aged older than 50 years with depression may have a twofold increased risk of stroke.

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