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2011-10-26 12:53:33

New research has the potential to revolutionize the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF), a condition affecting a quarter of a million Canadians which is expected to strike even more in the coming years, as the Canadian population ages. AF is the most common type of heart arrhythmia and puts those affected at a three to five times greater risk for stroke. Now, there is a new drug poised to battle the condition. "The majority of patients with atrial fibrillation need an anticoagulant....

2011-10-12 23:17:05

Estrogen may prevent strokes in premature or early menopausal women, Mayo Clinic researchers say. Their findings challenge the conventional wisdom that estrogen is a risk factor for stroke at all ages. The study was published in the journal Menopause. Researchers combined the results from a recent Mayo Clinic study with six other studies from across the world and found that estrogen is protective for stroke before age 50. That is roughly the average age when women go through menopause....

New Evidence That Chocolate Lowers Stroke Risk
2011-10-11 10:07:26

Chocolate lovers may have a new reason to celebrate: A Swedish study suggests that women who have a couple of small chocolate bars every week are 20 percent less likely to suffer debilitating strokes than those who abstain from eating chocolate. The study, published this week in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, looked at more than 33,000 women and found that the more chocolate they ate, the lower their risk of stroke. This finding adds to the strong evidence that links...

Stroke Risk Increased With Depression
2011-09-21 09:21:40

  Researchers have compiled data from multiple studies and found that people with depression are more likely to have a stroke than those who are mentally healthy, and their strokes are also more likely to be fatal. The research, published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), analyzed data consisting of 28 studies and including more than 315,000 patients. The researchers noted that depression is a relatively minor risk factor for stroke compared to...

Plan Aims To Prevent 1 Million Heart Attacks, Strokes
2011-09-14 05:09:53

  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched its “Million Hearts” initiative on Tuesday, a program that seeks to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years by improving aspirin use, blood pressure, cholesterol control and preventing tobacco use. The department said the program is focused on two main objectives: empowering people to make healthy lifestyle choices and improving care for those that need treatment. Lifestyle...

2011-09-12 13:05:07

A simple function that most of us take for granted — swallowing — is the focus of University of Adelaide research which could help thousands of stroke sufferers around the world. In an Australian first, researchers from the University's Robinson Institute are using magnetic stimulators to jump start the brain after a stroke and repair swallowing functions which break down in more than 50% of stroke patients. Speech pathologist Dr Sebastian Doeltgen, who is part of the...

2011-08-29 11:27:39

The death rate among patients prescribed a statin in a major trial that ended in 2003 is still lower than those given a placebo, even though most participants in both groups have been taking statins ever since. ASCOT, the Anglo-Scandinavian Cardiac Outcomes Trial, was stopped early because the statin was so effective at preventing heart attacks and strokes, but a new analysis has shown that eight years on, the most significant difference between the groups is a reduction in deaths from...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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