Smartphone app may help identify stroke symptoms as they occur

The smart phone app accurately detected stroke-associated facial asymmetry in nearly 100% of patients. The app accurately detected arm weakness in more than two-thirds of the cases. And while the slurred speech module remains to be fully validated and tested, preliminary analyses confirmed that it may be able to reliably detect slurred speech, according to the researchers. Source: Read Full […]

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Dual blood thinners under prescribed after minor or warning stroke, especially in women

DAPT was underutilized across all hospitals reviewed, prescribed to just 40% of the overall patients. Men were more likely than women (43% vs. 37%, respectively) to be prescribed DAPT. The percentage of patients receiving DAPT did not differ significantly by race, age or whether the person was treated at a stroke center that delivers specialized stroke care. Source: Read Full […]

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Sepsis increased risk of heart failure and rehospitalization after hospital discharge

People who are discharged after a hospitalization involving sepsis were at greater risk of cardiovascular events, rehospitalization for any cause or death during a maximum follow-up of 12 years compared to those hospitalized and did not have sepsis, according to new research published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Sepsis is a leading cause of hospitalization and […]

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How will life change once the COVID-19 emergency ends?

The declaration of a COVID-19 public health emergency three years ago changed the lives of millions of Americans by offering increased health care coverage, beefed-up food assistance and universal access to coronavirus vaccines and tests. Much of that is now coming to an end, with President Joe Biden’s administration saying it plans to end the emergency declarations on May 11. […]

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Legacy ICDs Exposed to MRI Still Shock, Pace as Needed

Functions like sensing and pacing in implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) tend to resist interference from the energy fields generated by MRI, as long as device programming is properly adjusted before the scan. That applies even to patients with older “legacy” devices implanted before the 2015 advent of MRI-conditional ICDs despite, in practice, prevalent but misguided resistance to obtaining MRI scans […]

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