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Clinical risk score may help predict risk of stroke, blood clot or death in heart failure patients

Among patients with heart failure with or without atrial fibrillation, use of a common clinical risk score was associated with risk of ischemic stroke, thromboembolism (blood clot), and death; however, predictive accuracy was modest, and the clinical usefulness of this score in patients with heart failure remains to be determined, according to a study appearing [...]

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 [...]

Stroke trial to test if everyday drugs can save lives

Treating stroke patients with antibiotics and paracetamol could save up to 25,000 lives each year, researchers have said. A £4m study is to investigate whether routinely offering these drugs to people who have recently suffered a stroke helps to prevent the complications such as infection and fever. Researchers say that up to half of stroke [...]

Device innovation is driving improvement in stroke treatment outcomes

In the last decade, Intra-Arterial (IA) stroke therapy (a technique in which thrombolytic agents and devices are passed through the arteries directly to the clot site) has gained notable momentum as an effective and safe treatment option for patients. Two new studies released at the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery 12th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, [...]

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 [...]