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  1. Silent Strokes Take a Toll

    June 26, 2008 -- It's possible to have a stroke and not realize it immediately. So it's wise to know the signs. But what if a stroke occurred and you didn't even notice? A new study found that nearly 11% of people who thought they were healthy actually had some brain damage from a "silent" stroke. S

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  2. Leukemia Drug May Improve Stroke Treatment

    June 23, 2008 -- A leukemia drug may help make a clot-busting drug used to treat strokes more effective and safer to use. Blood clots in the brain cause about 80% of the 15 million strokes that occur each year worldwide. Immediate treatment of these strokes is limited to the use of tissue plasminoge

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  3. Few Aware of Stroke Warning Symptoms

    May 8, 2008 -- Do you think sudden chest pain is a symptom of a stroke? If you answered yes, you're not only wrong, you're not alone. A telephone survey of more than 71,000 adults in 13 states and Washington, D.C., has revealed that shockingly few people know the warning signs of a stroke. The CDC a

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  4. Wealth Lowers Stroke Risk in Middle Age

    April 24, 2008 -- Having more money and assets just prior to retirement may lower your risk of stroke, but those perks may not last very long, according to a new study. Researchers found greater wealth was linked to a lower risk of stroke among Americans between the ages of 50 and 64. For example, m

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  5. Preventing Strokes: Stents vs. Surgery

    April 9, 2008 -- A less invasive alternative to surgery for clearing neck arteries of plaque proved as effective as surgical treatment for preventing strokes in high-risk patients in a three-year follow-up study. Carotid artery stenting was compared to open-neck surgery in 260 patients considered le

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  6. Getting Back to Work After a Stroke

    March 27, 2008 -- A stroke can have a major impact on every aspect of a person's life, including his or her job. New research shows that only about half of stroke survivors are able to return to work, and continuing disability and depression are major causes. Though people often associate strokes wi

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  7. Strokes Up in China as Economy Booms

    Feb. 29, 2008 -- A new study shows the most common type of stroke increased almost 9% annually over a 20-year period in China as its economy boomed. At the same time, deaths from strokes decreased. Ischemic strokes, the most common type of stroke, are caused by blood clots. "The changes in patterns

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  8. Omega-3 Pills for Stroke: A Fish Story?

    Feb. 22, 2008 (New Orleans) -- Fish oil supplements don't pack the same stroke-preventive punch as a diet rich in fish, a new study suggests. Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fatty fish and some plant and nut oils, such as olive and walnut, has been shown to lower the risk of heart

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  9. More Strokes in U.S. Than in Europe

    Feb. 22, 2008 (New Orleans) -- Stroke is more prevalent in the United States than in Europe -- and higher rates of obesity, diabetes, and lifetime smoking in the U.S. play a major role, researchers report. Barriers to care in the U.S. -- chiefly a lack of universal health care coverage and minimal f

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  10. 'Vacuum' Device Is a Clot Buster

    Feb. 22, 2008 (New Orleans) -- A tiny vacuum-cleaner-like device can help stroke patients when standard clot-busting drugs fail, researchers report. Called Penumbra, the recently approved device suctions out clots that can cause an ischemic stroke. The most common type of stroke, ischemic stroke occ

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