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Risk of bleeding in stroke patients on antiplatelet therapy

Posted by on May 12, 2018 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This study examined the risk of bleeding due to dual antiplatelet therapy in stroke patients. The authors concluded that patients treated with dual antiplatelet therapy have a higher risk of major and gastrointestinal bleeding within the first 30 days of treatment. Some background Antiplatelet therapies (such as aspirin) are used to...

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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Your Adrenal Glands

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Your Adrenal Glands

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 in Benign prostatic hyperplasia, Blog, Breast cancer, Colorectal cancer, Coronary artery disease, Diabetes mellitus, Erectile dysfunction, Hodgkin's lymphoma, Hypertension, Infertility, Kidney stones, Leukemia, Lung cancer, Lymphoma, Melanoma, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Prostate cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Stroke, Urinary incontinence, Urinary tract infection | 3 comments

The adrenal glands-which are also called suprarenal glands-are part of the endocrine system and are found on the top of each kidney. How the endocrine system hormones work Hormones secreted from glands of the endocrine system travel in the bloodstream to target cells. Target cells have receptors that are specific to each hormone. The hormones and receptors...

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Heart problems after stroke

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018 in Stroke | 0 comments

In a nutshell This review described the relationship between the brain and heart damage in stroke patients. They concluded that there are clinical indicators that could be helpful in diagnosing early stage heart problems in stroke patients. Some background Previous studies have shown that heart problems and failure are common in patients with...

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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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