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Making the 9-1-1 call for stroke differs by race, sex

During a stroke, slightly more than half of patients use emergency medical services (EMS) to get to the hospital, with white women the most likely, and Hispanic men the least likely to use EMS transport, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association. Between October 2011 and March 2014, researchers analyzed medical [...]

Clot-removal devices now recommended for some stroke patients

Updated stroke treatment recommendations from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association include using a stent retrieval device to remove blood clots from large arteries in select patients. Clot-busting medication – tPA – continues to be the gold standard for treating clot-caused stroke. Clot busters and/or clot-removal procedures must be administered within a few hours of [...]

Stroke education helps patients recognize stroke symptoms; encourages fast response

Intense education can help stroke survivors quickly recognize symptoms of a subsequent stroke and seek prompt treatment, according to a study in Stroke, Journal of the American Heart Association. Few stroke patients arrive at an emergency department within three hours of symptom onset. The U.S. FDA has approved the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator, or [...]

Research shows greater function after stroke when blood clots removed from brain blood vessels

A technique that removes blood clots from large brain blood vessels reduced disability after stroke in a trial conducted in Catalonia, Spain, and co-led by an expert from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The findings were announced at the annual meeting of the European Stroke Organisation in Glasgow, Scotland, and published online in [...]

Stroke knowledge lacking in Uganda

A study published in the journal International Scholarly Research Notices (ISRN) Stroke found that overall knowledge about stroke in Uganda was poor, although knowing what to do for a stroke – go to the hospital – was good. Researchers from higher education institutions in Uganda collaborated with those from Case Western Reserve University and University [...]