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2014-04-23 09:46:08

Study finds jump in patients receiving clot-busting drug within 'golden hour' Administering a clot-dissolving drug to stroke victims quickly — ideally within the first 60 minutes after they arrive at a hospital emergency room — is crucial to saving their lives, preserving their brain function and reducing disability. Given intravenously, tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) is currently the only Food and Drug Administration–approved therapy shown to improve outcomes for patients...

2013-08-30 12:37:35

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Policy Statement Several key elements in systems of care can reduce stroke deaths and disabilities, according to a new American Heart Association/American Stroke Association policy statement published in its journal Stroke. Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, every 4 minutes someone dies of a stroke. The policy statement addresses patients' care from...

2013-05-28 11:27:10

An integrated system of stroke care delivery in Ontario, Canada, has resulted in fewer deaths from stroke and fewer discharges to long-term care facilities because of better access to optimal stroke care, according to a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Stroke is a major cause of death and disability worldwide. Stroke care requires specialized resources such as neuroimaging, treatments to dissolve blood clots and other therapies delivered by skilled health...

2013-05-07 23:26:45

Award demonstrates the New York Hospital's commitment to quality care for stroke patients. Mt. Kisco, NY (PRWEB) May 07, 2013 Northern Westchester Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association´s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Northern Westchester Hospital´s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines. To receive...

2013-02-01 09:44:29

American Stroke Association Guidelines People having an ischemic stroke should receive clot-dissolving therapy — if appropriate -- within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital, according to new American Stroke Association guidelines published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. Ischemic stroke, which accounts for nine in 10 strokes, is caused by a blood clot in the arteries leading to the brain. Calling 9-1-1 immediately after recognizing any of the warning signs of...

2012-07-18 01:22:02

As part of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals and medical centers are required to report their quality-of-care and risk-standardized outcomes for stroke and other common medical conditions. But reporting models for mortality that don't consider stroke severity may unfairly skew these results. Now, A UCLA-led national study has found that when reporting on 30-day mortality rates for Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized with acute stroke, using a model that adjusts for stroke severity...

2012-05-02 15:13:46

The mantra in stroke care is “time is brain.” With each passing minute more brain cells are irretrievably lost and, because of this, timely diagnosis and treatment is essential to increase the chances for recovery. While significant strides have been made to improve the response time of caregivers, a new study shows that a critical step in the process — imaging of the brain to determine the nature of the stroke — is still occurring too slowly at too many hospitals....

2012-03-29 23:35:25

Depression is more prevalent among stroke and transient ischemic attack survivors than in the general population, researchers reported in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke. While most patients with stroke in the study had only mild disability, and only a fraction of those with TIAs had severe disability, depression rates were similar. "The similar rates of depression following stroke and TIA could be due to similarities in the rates of other medical conditions or to the...

2012-02-01 12:32:42

Clot-busting drugs may be safe for patients who wake up experiencing stroke symptoms, according to preliminary research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2012. In "wake-up" stroke, the person wakes up with symptoms after going to sleep with none. Not knowing when the stroke began excludes these patients from anti-clotting drugs that must be given within 4.5 hours of the beginning of the stroke. "Because wake-up strokes are common, occurring...


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sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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