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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Stroke Treatment Window Widens

    May 28, 2009 -- After a stroke, you've got very little time to get treatment. But some patients now have a bit more time. A stroke occurs when a clot cuts off blood flow to parts of the brain. Those parts of the brain soon start to die. A drug called tissue plasminogen activator -- tPA -- dissolves

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  10. Surviving Stroke: A Personal Story

    It all started with a headache -- pounding pain behind the left eye -- that wouldn't go away. A healthy 37-year-old at the time, Jill Bolte Taylor tried to shake the pain with a cardio workout. But that didn't work. Feeling rocky, Taylor headed for her shower. She noticed herself losing coordination

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