Stent Treatment May Lower Stroke Disability

December 17, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Using a stent to capture and remove a stroke-causing blood clot is safe and improves recovery, Dutch researchers report.
About one-third of patients who had the procedure — called intraarterial treatment — recovered from their stroke with only slight disability and were able to care […]

Fear of Police Keeps Many Hispanics From Calling 911, Study Says

December 12, 2014

FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Distrust of police prevents many Hispanic Americans from calling 911 when someone is suffering cardiac arrest, a new study reveals.
“Residents of low-income, minority neighborhoods have two strikes against them: The incidence of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is much higher than average and rates of bystander CPR are below average,” […]

Time Spent in the OR May Be Linked to Blood Clots, Study Shows

December 3, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Longer surgery times may increase a patient’s risk of dangerous blood clots, a new study suggests.
Blood clots are associated with more than 500,000 hospitalizations and 100,000 deaths a year, according to background information in the study.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 1.4 million people who had surgery under […]

More Advanced Emergency Care May Be Worse for Cardiac Arrest Victims: Study

November 24, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Advanced life support given by paramedics to cardiac arrest victims may cost lives rather than save them, researchers report.
The best treatment might just be good CPR given by paramedics or emergency medical technicians and getting the patient to the hospital as fast as possible, the […]

Some Painkillers Tied to Bleeding Risk in Those With Abnormal Heartbeat

November 17, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People with the abnormal heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation who take common painkillers might significantly increase their risk for bleeding and blood clots, according to a new study.
That risk was even higher among patients who took a blood thinner along with one of these nonsteroidal […]

ER Visits for Common Irregular Heartbeat Are Rising, Study Finds

November 16, 2014

SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — There’s been a steep increase in the number of Americans seeking emergency care for the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, a new study finds.
Atrial fibrillation is the most common kind of irregular heartbeat and can lead to blood clots, stroke, heart failure and other heart-related problems, experts say.
In […]

CPR Phone Guidance Boosts Cardiac Arrest Survival, Study Says

November 15, 2014

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter
SATURDAY, Nov. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Talking bystanders through CPR methods for a cardiac emergency during a 911 call can significantly boost survival rates, a new study suggests.
State researchers in Arizona examined the aggressive use of so-called pre-arrival telephone CPR guidelines — step-by-step dispatcher instructions on administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation before […]

Deaths From Heart Disease Drop Quickly After Stent Procedure: Study

November 10, 2014

MONDAY, Nov. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Heart attack survivors who receive prompt treatment to unclog blocked arteries and keep them open have a lower long-term risk of dying from heart disease, a new study finds.
However, they still have an increased risk of death from noncardiac causes, such as cancer and lung problems.
The study included […]

Bed Position Matters for Stroke Patients, Report Shows

November 6, 2014

THURSDAY, Nov. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Hospital bed positioning can be critical in the first 24 hours after a person suffers an ischemic stroke, according to a new report.
Researchers summarized the latest research on ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke, which occurs when a clot blocks blood flow to the brain. The […]

Certain Painkillers Tied to Raised Risk of Death After Stroke

November 5, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Arthritis pain relievers known as COX-2 inhibitors, including Celebrex and Lodine, are associated with an increased risk of dying within a month after a stroke, according to a new study.
“This large study from Denmark adds to the prior concerns about COX-2 inhibitors and stroke risks,” […]


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