Heart Association’s Stroke Guidelines Support Clot-Removing Device

June 29, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A device that grabs and drags a blood clot out through the blood vessels should be used to treat certain stroke victims, according to new guidelines issued by the American Heart Association.
Nearly nine out of 10 strokes are caused by a blood clot that blocks […]


Early CPR Spurred by Smartphone Alerts Saves Lives

June 10, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Starting cardiopulmonary resuscitation early and using smartphone alerts to increase rates of bystander CPR can save people with cardiac arrest, two new studies find.
When CPR was started before an ambulance arrived, twice as many cardiac-arrest patients lived to leave the hospital than when CPR was […]


Blood Thinners OK for Cancers That Spread to Brain, Study Finds

June 2, 2015

TUESDAY, June 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Blood-thinning drugs are safe for treating blood clots in patients with cancer that has spread to the brain from other areas of the body, according to new research.
Cancer normally increases a person’s risk of blood clots, the study authors explained in a news release from the American Society […]


The Facts About Newer Birth Control Pills and Blood Clot Risk

May 27, 2015

Newer forms of the birth control pill—brands such as Yaz, Yasmin and Desogen—are more likely to cause blood clots than older versions, a new study finds.


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 […]



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