A minimally invasive surgery combining the use of a clot-busting drug and a catheter to drain blood from the brain of hemorrhagic stroke patients reduced swelling and improved patients' prognoses, according to preliminary research.
White stroke patients are much more likely than black patients to be treated in community hospital emergency departments with the clot-busting drug intravenous tissue-plasminogen activator, or tPA, according to preliminary research.
Risk factors for stroke rise sharply in post-menopausal women in the first year after they are diagnosed with breast cancer, according to preliminary research.
E-cigarette smokers may have higher odds of stroke, heart attack and coronary heart disease.
Flu-like illnesses are associated with an increased risk of stroke and neck artery dissection. The risk of stroke and neck artery dissections are greatest within a month of a flu-like illness.
Stroke risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and smoking are common and on the rise among Native-Americans with clot-caused stroke.
Counties with higher levels of fine particulate (PM2.5) air pollution have more stroke deaths and shorter life expectancies among their citizenry. About half of US counties have annual air pollution levels that exceed guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Women diagnosed with a bladder infection, pneumonia or sepsis during delivery were more than five times likely than uninfected women to be readmitted to the hospital for stroke within one month.
The opioid epidemic is fueling a steep rise in infection-related stroke hospitalizations. Injecting opioids, such as heroin, can introduce bacteria into the body which travels through the bloodstream to infect heart valves. Clumps of infected tissue can break off and travel to the brain, resulting in stroke.
The risk of pregnancy-related stroke is much higher among black women than among white women.