American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Newsroom
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Statement Highlights: To translate advances in scientific knowledge and innovations in stroke care into improvements in patient outcomes, comprehensive stroke systems of care must be in place to facilitate optimal stroke care delivery. New recommendations support policies that standardize the delivery of stroke care, lower barriers to emergency care for stroke, ensure stroke patients receive care at appropriate hospitals in a timely manner and improve access to secondary prevention and rehabilitation and recovery resources after stroke.
Plaque in arteries may not all be the same; targeting specific immune cells in plaque may reduce heart attack and stroke risk
Study Highlights: Not all plaque is alike; researchers have found that a specific type of immune cell is more common in arterial plaque that is likely to cause a stroke or mini-stroke. The finding raises the possibility of targeted immune therapy to reduce heart attack and stroke risk in certain patients.
Study Highlights: A new proof of concept study shows that functionalized magnetic beads reduced blood levels of a harmful molecule by 40 percent, which doubled the effect of a different molecule that aids blood vessel function, opening new perspectives for the treatment of preeclampsia.
Prolonged exposure to low-dose radiation may increase the risk of hypertension, a known cause of heart disease and stroke
Study Highlights: A long-term study of Russian nuclear plant workers suggests that prolonged low-dose radiation exposure increases the risk of hypertension. This study is the first to associate an increased risk of hypertension to low doses of ionizing radiation among a large group of workers who were chronically exposed over many years. The higher the cumulative dose of radiation, the greater the risk, the study showed.
More intensive blood pressure therapy helps patients with type 2 diabetes regardless of cardiovascular risk
Study Highlights: People with type 2 diabetes who received intensive treatment to keep their blood pressure levels at 130/80 mm/Hg or below experienced fewer heart attacks, strokes and other diabetes complications. More intensive blood pressure treatment also reduced overall death from any cause, regardless of baseline measures of cardiovascular risk and blood pressure. Study findings may help reconcile conflicting guidelines for blood pressure management in people with type 2 diabetes.