Stenting Outcomes Vary Widely Among U.S. Hospitals

May 18, 2015

MONDAY, May 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The risk of death or stroke after carotid artery stenting varies widely among U.S. hospitals, with the odds four times higher at some medical centers than others, new research suggests.
The carotid arteries in the neck supply blood to the brain. After opening a blocked carotid artery, physicians often […]


Bystander CPR Linked to Better Outcomes After Cardiac Arrest

May 4, 2015

MONDAY, May 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — New research from Denmark finds that more cardiac arrest survivors are returning to work, because more bystanders are performing CPR.
“We already know CPR helps save lives — and now our findings suggest there is even more benefit in performing it,” study author Dr. Kristian Kragholm, a clinical assistant […]


Pharmacists Key to Whether Patients Take Blood Thinners

April 14, 2015

TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Millions of older Americans are prescribed a blood thinner to help reduce the stroke risks associated with a dangerous irregular heart beat known as atrial fibrillation.
A new study finds that even though a large percentage fail to take the potentially life-saving medications as prescribed, the intervention of […]


New Stroke Prevention Efforts May Be Paying Off

March 31, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Fewer people are being treated in U.S. emergency rooms for strokes caused by blood clots in the brain, which experts read as a sign that current stroke prevention methods are working.
The rate of emergency department visits for either a stroke or a mini-stroke (transient ischemic […]


New Stroke Prevention Efforts May Be Paying Off

March 31, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Fewer people are being treated in U.S. emergency rooms for strokes caused by blood clots in the brain, which experts read as a sign that current stroke prevention methods are working.
The rate of emergency department visits for either a stroke or a mini-stroke (transient ischemic […]


Stents Meant to Prevent Stroke May Actually Boost Risk

March 24, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Using stents rather than medication alone to keep narrowed arteries open in the brain may actually increase patients’ risk of stroke, according to the results of a new trial.
The study involved more than 100 patients at risk of stroke because of what’s called […]


Manual Clot Removal After Heart Attack May Not Help, Could Harm

March 16, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new study calls into question the value of removing blood clots from a patient’s heart arteries during angioplasty, a procedure to open blocked arteries.
Although manually removing clots has become common medical practice, this study of more than 10,000 heart attack patients found no benefit […]


Better Treatments Helping People With Enlarged Hearts Live Longer: Study

March 14, 2015

SATURDAY, March 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Advances in treatment mean that people with an enlarged heart now live longer than they did 10 or 15 years ago, a new study finds.
Researchers examined death rates and causes of death between 1992 and 2011 among 1,000 adults with the condition, which is clinically known […]


Newer Blood Thinner May Improve Outcomes for Heart Attack Survivors

March 14, 2015

SATURDAY, March 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Long-term use of the newer anti-clotting drug Brilinta cut heart attack survivors’ future risk of heart attack, stroke or heart-related death, a new study found.
The study was funded by Brilinta’s maker, AstraZeneca, and was scheduled for presentation Saturday in San Diego at the annual meeting of the American […]


Good Heart Health May Help Stave Off Dementia, Study Says

March 10, 2015

TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Good heart health may help protect you against Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, a new study suggests.
Vanderbilt University researchers analyzed data from just over 1,000 people who were followed for 11 years. During that time, 32 participants developed dementia, including 26 with Alzheimer’s.
People with poorer heart […]



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