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  • ISC17 THURSDAY NEWS TIPS

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Muchos pacientes de ataque cerebral no reciben una terapia que les podría salvar la vida

    Lo más sobresaliente del estudio:  Muchos pacientes de ataque cerebral isquémico no reciben tPA, lo que puede disminuir sus probabilidades de recuperación. Los afroamericanos, hispanos, mujeres y la gente de la región del “Stroke Belt” (un área donde surgen más ataques cerebrales) son menos propensos a recibir tPA. Los pacientes que son tratados en hospitales urbanos grandes, hospitales certificados en cuidados de ataque cerebral y hospitales que participan en el programa Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke de la American Heart Association son más propensos a recibir tPA. Los pacientes con seguro privado son más propensos a recibir tPA que los que tienen Medicare.

  • Many stroke patients do not receive life-saving therapy

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

    Study Highlights:  Many ischemic stroke patients do not get tPA, which can decrease their chances for recovery. Blacks, Hispanics, women and “Stroke Belters” are less likely to get tPA. Patients treated in large, urban hospitals, stroke-certified hospitals and hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®─Stroke program are more likely to get tPA. Patients with private insurance were more likely to receive tPA than those with Medicare.