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    1. U.S. Has Racial Gap in Stroke Rate

      March 1, 2010 (San Antonio) -- The first national snapshot of the racial gap in stroke rates shows that African-Americans are more likely to suffer from the debilitating condition than whites. The study of over 26,000 people aged 45 and older from across the U.S. may help to explain why African-Amer

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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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