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  1. Stents as Good as Surgery at Preventing Stroke

    Feb. 26, 2010 (San Antonio) -- A less invasive approach for clearing clogged neck arteries proved just as effective and safe as surgical treatment for preventing strokes in high-risk patients, according to the largest comparison of the two procedures. Stenting, in which flexible mesh tubes are used

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  2. Wii Games Speed Stroke Rehab

    Feb. 25, 2010 (San Antonio) -- Active Wii video games may bring some fun into stroke recovery, helping patients regain lost strength and motor skills in the process. In a first-of-its-kind study, 11 stroke victims with weakness in their arms could reach out and grab objects more easily and more quic

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  3. Strokes Are Increasing Among Young

    Feb. 24, 2010 (San Antonio) -- Strokes are on the rise among younger people, a group not traditionally considered at high risk for the debilitating condition, researchers report. A total of 7.3% of stroke victims were younger than age 45 in 2005, up from 4.5% in 1993, says Brett M. Kissela, MD, of t

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  4. Preventing Recurrent Strokes Needs Improvement

    Feb. 15, 2010 -- One in 12 people who have a stroke will likely soon have another one, and one in four will likely die within one year, according to a new study. Researchers say the results suggest that more attention needs to be paid to prevention of recurrent strokes. Stroke is the third leading c

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  5. Chocolate Chips Away at Stroke Risk

    Feb. 11, 2010 -- As if people need another reason to love chocolate, here it is: Eating a little bit of chocolate each week may not only lower the risk of having a stroke, it may also decrease the odds of dying from one. A new review of recent research on chocolate and stroke risk found at least two

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  6. Antidepressant May Help in Stroke Recovery

    Feb. 1, 2010 -- A common antidepressant may help restore brain function and aid in stroke recovery, a study shows. The study, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, shows treatment with Lexapro (escitalopram) improved overall thinking, learning, and memory skills in the months immediately

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  7. Stress of Caregiving Linked to Stroke Risk

    Jan. 14, 2010 -- Caregivers who find their responsibilities highly stressful may be at increased risk for stroke, according to a new study. The study, published in the journal Stroke, looked at 767 people who provide in-home care for an ailing spouse. Those caregivers who said tending to their ailin

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  8. Stroke: Surgery Safer Than Angioplasty?

    Aug. 28, 2009 -- Surgery is safer and slightly more effective than balloon angioplasty for preventing strokes, new research shows. Two newly published investigations join a growing body of research showing worse outcomes in patients who have balloon angioplasty to clear the clogged neck arteries tha

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  9. Ankle Test Tells Heart Risk After Stroke

    Aug. 27, 2009 -- People with peripheral artery disease (PAD) -- even without symptoms -- have a more than fourfold higher risk of bad outcomes after a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke, a new study suggests. But the same study finds that a simple test of blood pressure at the ankle can detec

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  10. Gender Gap in Stroke Symptoms?

    June 16, 2009 -- Women may be more likely than men to have "nontraditional" stroke symptoms, especially disorientation, confusion, or loss of consciousness, according to a new study. The University of Michigan's Lynda Lisabeth, PhD, and colleagues studied 470 people who were treated at the Universit

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