STEP: Lowering Blood Pressure Below 130 mm Hg Shows CV Benefit

Another large clinical trial has endorsed the approach of intensive blood pressure lowering, reinforcing the benefits of this approach seen in the previously reported SPRINT trial. The STEP trial was conducted in China and involved patients over 60 years of age with hypertension. Intensive treatment with a systolic blood pressure target of 110 to <130 mm Hg produced a lower […]

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Stenting and surgery have similar effects on stroke in patients with severe carotid artery stenosis

Carotid artery surgery and stenting have comparable long-term effects on fatal or disabling stroke in asymptomatic patients with severe carotid artery stenosis. That's the finding of late breaking research presented in a Hot Line session today at ESC Congress 2021 and published simultaneously in The Lancet. Patients with severe carotid artery stenosis are at elevated risk of stroke and both […]

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FDA approves drug-free stroke rehabilitation system to treat upper extremity motor deficits

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the MicroTransponder Vivistim Paired VNS System (Vivistim System), a first-of-its-kind, drug-free rehabilitation system intended to treat moderate to severe upper extremity motor deficits associated with chronic ischemic stroke—a stroke caused by a blockage of blood flow to the brain with long-lasting symptoms—using vagus nerve stimulation (VNS). People who have lost mobility in […]

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New stroke rehabilitation pattern based on brain-computer interface and robot technology

Strokes, which occur when the blood supply to part of our brain is interrupted or reduced, are the leading cause of death and disability in the adult population. Among the patients who survive, 75% will experience difficulties carrying out daily activities independently and need long-term functional exercises and rehabilitation. But the outcomes using traditional rehabilitation equipment are poor. In addition, […]

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Decline in Function Starts Up to 10 Years Before Stroke

A new study has shown that stroke patients had steeper declines in cognition and daily functioning in the preceding 10 years than stroke-free individuals. “Our findings suggest that accumulating intracerebral pathology before the acute event already has a clinical impact, allowing for the identification of high risk individuals,” the authors say. The study was published online July 6 in the Journal […]

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Adults with obsessive compulsive disorder face higher risk of ischemic stroke

Adults who have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) were more than three times as likely to have an ischemic stroke later in life compared to adults who do not have OCD, according to new research published today in Stroke, a journal of the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association. "The results of our study should encourage people with […]

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Study shows decline in subarachnoid hemorrhage hospitalizations during COVID-19 pandemic

New research led by investigators from Boston Medical Center and Grady Memorial Hospital demonstrates the significant decline in hospitalizations for neurological emergencies during the COVID-19 pandemic. The rate of Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) – bleeding in the space between the brain and the tissue covering the brain – hospitalizations declined 22.5 percent during the study period, which is consistent with the […]

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Drinking flavanol-rich cocoa could protect from mental stress-induced cardiovascular events

Increased consumption of flavanols – a group of molecules occurring naturally in fruit and vegetables – could protect people from mental stress-induced cardiovascular events such as stroke, heart disease and thrombosis, according to new research. Researchers have discovered that blood vessels were able to function better during mental stress when people were given a cocoa drink containing high levels of […]

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‘Painless’ Glucose Monitors: Do They Help Patients With Diabetes?

In the nation’s battle against the diabetes epidemic, the go-to weapon being aggressively promoted to patients is as small as a quarter and worn on the belly or arm. A continuous glucose monitor holds a tiny sensor that’s inserted just under the skin, alleviating the need for patients to prick their fingers every day to check blood sugar. The monitor […]

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