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2012-05-15 06:29:41

Healthy lifestyle choices may reduce chance of having a stroke CHICAGO, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and the number one cause of adult disability in the country. While stroke often occurs without warning, understanding risk factors and learning to recognize symptoms can potentially save lives and limit damage if a stroke occurs. In recognition of National Stroke Awareness...

2012-05-15 11:07:41

Following a stroke, factors as varied as blood sugar, body temperature and position in bed can affect patient outcomes, Loyola University Medical Center researchers report. In a review article in the journal MedLink Neurology, first author Murray Flaster, MD, PhD and colleagues summarize the latest research on caring for ischemic stroke patients. (Most strokes are ischemic, meaning they are caused by blood clots.) "The period immediately following an acute ischemic stroke is a time of...

2012-05-15 09:15:22

If your parents have a history of high blood pressure, you can significantly reduce your risk of developing the disease with moderate exercise and increased cardiovascular fitness, according to new research in the American Heart Association's journal Hypertension. In a study of more than 6,000 people, those who had a parent with high blood pressure but were highly fit had a 34 percent lower risk of developing high blood pressure themselves, compared to those with a low-fitness level who...

2012-05-15 02:29:37

ATLANTA, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- For patients requiring coronary artery bypass (CABG) surgery or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), the likelihood of choosing a better than average hospital depends significantly on the state where that hospital is located. According to new research conducted by Cardiac Data Solutions, patients randomly choosing a hospital in one of the 10 best states had a 1 in 3 chance of picking a hospital with better than average performance for both CABG and...

2012-05-15 02:29:10

PARIS, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Abbott (NYSE: ABT) today announced that the XIENCE PRIME(TM) and the XIENCE V® Everolimus Eluting Coronary Stent Systems have received CE Mark in Europe for the use of dual anti-platelet therapy (DAPT) for at least three months after stent implantation in patients with coronary artery disease. This is the shortest duration of DAPT for any major drug eluting stent (DES) in Europe. Patients are prescribed DAPT, a combination of aspirin and...

2012-05-14 21:30:45

Among African Americans with type 1 diabetes mellitus, narrower central retinal arteriolar equivalent (average diameter of the small arteries in the retina) is associated with an increased risk of six-year incidence of any cardiovascular disease and lower extremity arterial disease, according to a report in the May issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, a JAMA Network publication. "Retinal arteriolar narrowing has long been described as one of the characteristic changes associated with...

2012-05-14 21:15:06

Asymptomatic patients who undergo treadmill exercise echocardiography (ExE) after coronary revascularization may be identified as being at high risk but those patients do not appear to have more favorable outcomes with repeated revascularization, according to a report published Online First by Archives of Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication. The article is part of the journal's Less is More series. Cardiac events and recurrent ischemia (a temporary shortage of oxygen caused by...

2012-05-14 09:37:17

Essential to track all incidents such as Fabrice Muamba's on-pitch heart attack What can we do to reduce the number of tragic cardiac events in sport? Big gaps in basic knowledge about the numbers and causes of apparently inexplicable heart attacks among young sportsmen and women are seriously hampering our ability to prevent them, says a sport and exercise medicine specialist in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. At the very least, we need to start building reliable databases...

2012-05-14 09:29:46

Automated external defibrillators rarely close to locations of public cardiac arrests More than three-quarters of cardiac arrest victims are stricken too far away from an automated external defibrillator for the lifesaving device to be obtained quickly enough to offer the best chance at saving their lives, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania that will be presented today at the annual meeting of Society for Academic Emergency...

2012-05-14 09:02:57

Findings reveal racial disparities in pre-hospital care for nation's leading killer Black cardiac arrest victims who are stricken outside hospitals are less likely to receive bystander CPR and defibrillation on the scene than white patients, according to research that will be presented by a research team from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania today at the annual meeting of Society for Academic Emergency Medicine. The researchers also found that black...