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Increased risk of diabetes in stroke patients

Posted by on Dec 16, 2017 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study evaluated the risk of diabetes in stroke patients. They concluded that there is a higher risk of diabetes in patients with stroke and that these patients exhibit a higher risk of urinary tract infections, pneumonia and mortality. Some background Stroke is known to be one of the comorbidities for patients with diabetes....

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Accurate Blood Pressure Readings Are More Important Than Ever Before

Accurate Blood Pressure Readings Are More Important Than Ever Before

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in Blog, Hypertension, Stroke | 0 comments

Recently, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology issued new guidelines for healthy blood pressure.  By reducing the goals of healthy, normal blood pressure to below 120 mm Hg, the hope is to reduce heart attacks, strokes and death. These new goals are based on a significant number of research studies but especially the...

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Treating insulin resistance in stroke patients – can pioglitazone decrease the risk of heart attack?

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell The study examined the impact of pioglitazone (Actos) on acute coronary syndromes in patients with insulin resistance who had a recent stroke. The authors concluded that pioglitazone reduced the risk of heart attack in these patients.    Some background Insulin resistance occurs when the body cannot use insulin normally,...

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Using blood cell levels to predict stroke after TIA

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study focused on identifying a factor that would allow doctors to identify TIA patients who are at a high risk of stroke. The authors concluded that patients with increased levels of coated platelets after TIA are at a higher risk of stroke. Some background Patients who have experienced transient ischemic stroke (TIA –...

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Do sleep disorders influence the risk of stroke?

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This article described the link between sleep wake disturbances and stroke incidence, recovery and recurrence. The authors concluded that sleep wake disturbances are a risk factor for stroke and negatively affect recovery. Some background Stroke patients regularly experience mental and physical impairments. They commonly suffer from...

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Can Video Gaming Build Resilience? You Decide…

Can Video Gaming Build Resilience?   You Decide…

Posted by on Sep 20, 2017 in Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Prostate cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Stroke | 0 comments

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, a recent news story discussed the mental health consequences of disasters. Researcher Jean Rhodes of University of Massachusetts Boston studied the mental health of young parents living in New Orleans before and after Hurricane Katrina. RISK- Resilience In Survivors of Katrina is the project’s name. An...

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Factors associated with an active social life after stroke

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study aimed to identify factors which would predict whether a stroke patient is more likely to partake in social activities long term. They concluded that patients who can drive, can walk more than a few hundred feet and have a wide social network are more likely to partake in social activities long term. Some background Stroke...

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Constipation – a side effect of stroke

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study provided a meta-analysis of the incidence of constipation in stroke patients. The authors concluded that there is a high occurrence of constipation in stroke patients. Some background Stroke patients usually experience side effects after stroke. This can include constipation. Constipation can lead to prolonged hospital...

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Identifying new markers to screen for recurrent stroke risk

Posted by on Jul 15, 2017 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This trial examined whether elevated lipoprotein(a) levels result in an increased risk of recurrent ischemic stroke. The authors concluded that patients who have had one ischemic stroke and have high Lp(a) levels are at a greater risk of further vascular (blood vessel) events. Some background Stroke patients are commonly at a higher...

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Treating post-stroke depression with antidepressant therapy

Posted by on Jul 15, 2017 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This review summarized data from several trials which looked at antidepressant therapy for patients with post-stroke depression. The authors concluded that there is a potential benefit of antidepressant drugs for these patients. Some background Post-stroke depression (PSD) is a common occurrence after stroke. The main risk factors...

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