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Should screening for atrial fibrillation in stroke patients be more thorough?

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study looked at whether late diagnosis of atrial fibrillation in stroke patients would result in a higher chance of another stroke. The authors concluded that delayed diagnosis of atrial fibrillation resulted in a higher risk of recurrent stroke, particularly in men. Some background Atrial fibrillation (AF) is when a patient has...

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Treatments to manage post stroke depression

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study looked at different methods to treat post stroke depression. The authors concluded that patients treated with norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors had the greatest reduction in depression scores. Some background Depression is a common side effect after stroke. This can be linked with decreased quality of life and increased...

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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, Coronary artery disease, Diabetes mellitus, Hypertension, Stroke | 2 comments

These new goals are based on a significant number of research studies but especially the SPRINT study.  This was a large investigation with more than 9000 patients over the age of 50 whose blood pressure measured higher than 130 mm Hg.  Participants also had at least one of these risk facts:  1) “Presence of clinical or subclinical cardiovascular...

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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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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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