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  • Pacemaker function may be impacted by electric appliances; tools

    February 27, 2017 Categories: Heart News

    Study Highlights: Electric and magnetic fields generated from everyday household appliances, electrical tools and more, used in very close proximity to the body, can interfere with the ability of pacemakers to regulate patients’ heartbeats. Dedicated device programming, e.g. sensitivity level, is an effective measure to reduce the individual risk of interference.


    February 24, 2017 Categories: Stroke News, Scientific Conferences & Meetings

    Embargoed for 9:33 a.m. CT/10:33 a.m. ET – Session A33 — Abstract 222 Regular aerobic exercise beginning in middle age may lessen severity of stroke in old age The network of blood vessels (collateral circulation) shrinks in number and diameter as the...

  • Psychiatric illness may increase stroke risk

    February 23, 2017 Categories: Scientific Conferences & Meetings, Stroke News

    Study Highlights:  Short-term stroke risk appears higher in patients hospitalized or treated in the emergency room for psychiatric illness. Risk of stroke was greatest within 15 days of psychiatric diagnosis, declined with time, but persists for at least a year. Healthcare professionals should listen carefully for signs of psychological distress in patients at risk of stroke.


    February 23, 2017 Categories: Stroke News, Scientific Conferences & Meetings

    Tip Headlines: Epilepsy in the elderly linked to increased stroke risk; E-cigarettes may pose the same or higher risk of stroke severity as tobacco smoke; Biological, not chronological age, better predictor of stroke recovery; Parkinson’s disease may have link to stroke; Inadequate access to affordable, nutritious food may increase stroke risk factors; Symptoms of depression in stroke survivors may predict caregiver depression; Men more likely than women to get “ultrafast” stroke treatment; Military single-payer health system free of stroke care racial disparity, but rank matters; Children more vulnerable to psychological problems after a stroke.

  • Receiving a clot-buster drug before reaching the hospital may reduce stroke disability

    February 23, 2017 Categories: Scientific Conferences & Meetings, Stroke News

    Study Highlights:  A preliminary study shows that giving a clot-busting drug in a mobile stroke unit ambulance may lead to less disability after stroke, compared to when the clot-buster is given after reaching the hospital. The study suggests that ambulances with the personnel and equipment capable of diagnosing ischemic stroke may be worth the extra cost, due to the decrease in patient disability afterward.