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2010-12-02 23:44:09

Statement Highlights:     * Those who make healthy lifestyle choices can lower risk of first time stroke by 80 percent compared to those who don't make such changes.    * Emergency department visits are a critical opportunity to identify and begin interventions for patients at high risk for stroke. Healthy lifestyle choices and emergency room interventions can help prevent first-time strokes, according to revised American Heart Association/American Stroke...

2010-11-22 00:00:41

A new technique that combines the heat and energy of ultrasound with highly targeted delivery of clot-busting drugs appears to be an effective treatment for patients with acute massive pulmonary embolism (PE), commonly referred to as a blood clot in the lung, was presented today at the 37th Annual VEITHsymposium (Vascular Surgery) in New York by Dr. Peter Lin of Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. The novel treatment is called ultrasound-accelerated catheter-directed thrombolysis (developed...

2010-11-10 11:39:40

The clot-busting drug rt-PA remains the most beneficial proven emergency treatment for strokes caused by blood clots, according to an editorial in the November issue of Archives of Neurology by Dr. Jos© Biller. "The benefits of treatment outweigh the risks in patients treated with intravenous rt-PA within 4.5 hours of symptom onset," Biller wrote. Biller is chairman of the Department of Neurology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and an internationally recognized...

2010-11-09 12:22:44

Patients with stroke who experience improvement within one hour of receiving the clot-dissolving medication tissue plasminogen activator appear more likely to do well three months later, according to a report in the November issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Only one effective therapy has been approved for acute ischemic stroke (in which blood flow to an area of the brain is blocked or reduced), according to background information in the article. Within 4.5...

2010-11-02 15:26:24

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain could expand the number of stroke patients eligible for a potentially life-saving treatment, according to a new study, published online and in the December issue of the journal Radiology. Some patients who suffer an acute ischemic stroke "” in which a blood clot or other obstruction blocks blood flow in the brain "” can be treated with a drug called tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, that dissolves the clot and restores blood flow....

2010-08-30 15:00:00

Study highlights: - The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke successfully measured the quality of stroke prevention and care in a nationwide stroke registry in Taiwan and identified important areas for improvement. - Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke quality improvement program, modified to accommodate diverse cultures, could be applied in other countries to assess and improve quality of stroke care...

2010-06-09 13:41:40

New procedure may successfully salvage brain cells for more than just the first three hours following a stroke A clot vacuum cleaner that sucks out stroke-producing blockages from blood vessels in the brain sounds like science fiction. But 27 Calgary patients who were rescued from massive strokes know the endovascular procedure is for real, Dr. Mayank Goyal told the Canadian Stroke Congress today. The innovative technique uses a tool called the Penumbra System® of Continuous...

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2010-06-09 09:10:00

New device may provide safer way to treat the third leading cause of death in the U.S. When someone suffers a stroke, time is critical--more than a million brain cells die each minute, starved of nourishment due to critical damage in a cerebral blood vessel. Now, researchers have developed a new tool for efficiently removing blood clots in the brain, the leading cause of strokes. The tool overcomes limitations in current emergency stroke treatments, potentially extending the time for a victim...

2010-06-03 06:00:00

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Concentric Medical, Inc., the global leader in acute ischemic stroke intervention, announced completion of enrollment in the Merci Registry with a total of 1,000 patients enrolled. The Merci Registry is a real-world, international, post-market study of the Merci Retrieval System®. Since its launch in June 2007, over 30 sites worldwide have contributed patients to the Registry, which is the largest repository of prospectively...

2010-05-13 15:01:00

Study highlights: -- A telephone survey of more than 4,800 people in Michigan found that only a fraction of them would call 9-1-1 if they recognized symptoms of a stroke. -- Many people said they'd take patients to the hospital but wouldn't call 9-1-1, which is recommended by the American Stroke Association and other health agencies. -- Increasing stroke knowledge may not be enough to increase the number of stroke patients who get prompt treatment; instead, efforts to motivate people to...


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