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Early aspirin benefits after minor stroke 'underestimated'

Early aspirin benefits after minor stroke 'underestimated'

A meta-analysis of individual patient data has thrown light on the benefits of aspirin for secondary prevention in patients with ischaemic stroke. [More]
Modified dosage of clot-busting drug can reduce intracerebral haemorrhage

Modified dosage of clot-busting drug can reduce intracerebral haemorrhage

The safety of a controversial clot-busting drug has been investigated by researchers, who have shown a modified dosage can reduce serious bleeding in the brain and improve survival rates. [More]
ENCHANTED results challenge reduced alteplase dose in Asian stroke patients

ENCHANTED results challenge reduced alteplase dose in Asian stroke patients

A reduced dose of alteplase has failed to prove itself noninferior to the standard dose in a predominantly Asian population of patients with ischaemic stroke. [More]
Prompt attention may limit recurrence risk in TIA patients

Prompt attention may limit recurrence risk in TIA patients

Centres with procedures in place for the rapid assessment of patients with transient ischaemic attack or minor stroke achieve low recurrence rates in these patients, a multinational study shows. [More]
Physicians failing to talk to stroke patients about end-of-life treatment preferences

Physicians failing to talk to stroke patients about end-of-life treatment preferences

US research suggests that physician-patient discussion about limitations on life-sustaining interventions following ischaemic stroke is low, poorly documented and often left too late. [More]
Clinical scores unreliable in minor stroke and TIA

Clinical scores unreliable in minor stroke and TIA

Research shows that imaging findings, rather than clinical scores, are the best means of predicting recurrent events in patients with minor stroke or transient ischaemic attack. [More]
RRE validated in multinational stroke cohort

RRE validated in multinational stroke cohort

The Recurrence Risk Estimator for ischaemic stroke has been validated in a prospective, multinational study. [More]
Tackling insulin resistance may reduce recurrence after stroke

Tackling insulin resistance may reduce recurrence after stroke

Giving pioglitazone to stroke survivors with insulin resistance but no overt diabetes reduces their risk of having a recurrent vascular event, shows the randomised Insulin Resistance Intervention after Stroke trial. [More]
Small-vessel disease has uncertain impact on large-vessel stenosis outcomes

Small-vessel disease has uncertain impact on large-vessel stenosis outcomes

Research shows that small-vessel disease is common among patients with intracranial arterial stenosis, but that its effect on stroke risk cannot be separated from the effect of associated risk factors. [More]
Meta-analysis backs thrombectomy over standard stroke care

Meta-analysis backs thrombectomy over standard stroke care

A meta-analysis published in JAMA confirms that stroke patients can achieve better functional outcomes after mechanical thrombectomy than after intravenous tissue plasminogen activator alone. [More]
Study: Retrieval of larger thrombi during IAT linked to improved neurological recovery after acute ischaemic stroke

Study: Retrieval of larger thrombi during IAT linked to improved neurological recovery after acute ischaemic stroke

Retrieval of larger thrombi during intra arterial treatment (IAT) is associated with improved neurological recovery after acute ischaemic stroke, according to a sub study of the MR CLEAN trial presented at ESC Congress today by Dr Anouchska Autar, PhD candidate at the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. [More]
After acute myocardial infarction, respiratory infection associated with increased risk of mortality

After acute myocardial infarction, respiratory infection associated with increased risk of mortality

Respiratory infection is associated with a four-fold increased risk of in-hospital cardiovascular mortality after acute myocardial infarction (AMI), according to research presented at ESC Congress today by Dr Catarina Quina-Rodrigues, a cardiologist at Hospital de Braga in Portugal. The findings highlight the importance of diagnostic alertness for respiratory infections in AMI patients so that therapeutic measures can be promptly taken. [More]
Stroke prevention strategies in elderly should focus on multiple risk factors

Stroke prevention strategies in elderly should focus on multiple risk factors

The impact of atrial fibrillation on ischaemic stroke risk in elderly patients is eliminated with multiple risk factors, according to an 11 year study in more than 425 000 patients presented at ESC Congress today. [More]
ESC Congress to highlight results from global trials in six press conferences

ESC Congress to highlight results from global trials in six press conferences

Members of the press will be the first to hear the highly anticipated results from global trials in six press conferences devoted to hot lines research. [More]
Cryptogenic stroke frequent and recurrent

Cryptogenic stroke frequent and recurrent

Cryptogenic ischaemic strokes and transient ischaemic attacks frequently recur, despite having no identifiable cause, show findings from the Oxford Vascular Study. [More]
Extremes of stroke symptoms attract misdiagnoses

Extremes of stroke symptoms attract misdiagnoses

Patients with very mild or very severe stroke symptoms are at the greatest risk of being misdiagnosed in the emergency department, research suggests. [More]
Six hot line sessions set to reveal latest research in cardiovascular disease at ESC Congress 2015

Six hot line sessions set to reveal latest research in cardiovascular disease at ESC Congress 2015

Six hot line sessions at ESC Congress 2015 are set to reveal the latest in cardiovascular disease research across a range of conditions and comorbidities. Hot topics include atrial fibrillation, pacing, acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, pharmacology and coronary artery disease. [More]
1 in 3 people in the US could not access a stroke centre within an hour

1 in 3 people in the US could not access a stroke centre within an hour

A new study published today reports that a large proportion of the United States would be unable to access primary a stroke centre within one hour by ambulance. Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability and rapid treatment is essential to minimise damage to the brain and reduce the risk of prolonged disability. [More]
Discoveries by WA research team offer further treatment hope for victims of stroke

Discoveries by WA research team offer further treatment hope for victims of stroke

A West Australian research team has made a series of discoveries which may help to minimise the damage that a stroke can cause. [More]
Landmark stroke studies presented at ISC, published in NEJM suggest new treatment protocol on the horizon

Landmark stroke studies presented at ISC, published in NEJM suggest new treatment protocol on the horizon

Research presented today at the International Stroke Conference (ISC) in Nashville, Tenn. and published online in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found that the addition of the Solitaireā„¢ Device stent thrombectomy procedure to current pharmaceutical treatment significantly reduced disability in patients suffering stroke. [More]
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