Stroke News & Features
- Artificial Sweetener Linked to Blood Clots, Heart Attacks: Study
February 28, 2023 — A commonly used artificial sweetener called erythritol is strongly linked to a higher risk of heart attack and stroke, according to a new study.
- A Young Neurologist Mentors Black Women, Fights Disparities
February 22, 2023 — Eseosa Ighodaro, MD, PhD, is a neurologist focusing on stroke, health disparities, and mentoring the next generation of doctors.
- Celery Seed-Derived Medicine May Improve Stroke Outcomes
February 17, 2023 — Butylphthalide, a new medication that comes from celery seed, could improve outcomes after a clot-caused stroke when given in addition to prompt treatment for the clot, according to a new study.
- Heart Disease, Stroke Linked To Specific Kinds of Sugars: Study
February 14, 2023 — It’s not necessarily the amount of sugar you eat that can hurt your heart, it’s the kind of sugar you eat that can lead to heart disease, a new study suggests.
- Black Stroke Survivors Less Likely to Get Treated for Complications
February 2, 2023 — A new study finds the color of your skin may determine whether you get follow up care after a stroke.
- Singing Might Aid Recovery After a Stroke
January 3, 2023 — New research finds singing may help stroke patients regain communication skills.
- Stroke Risk in Adults Younger Than You May Think (and What Helps)
December 20, 2022 — Some types of stroke are becoming more common in people younger than you might expect. Find out what helps lower your stroke risk.
- Statins May Lower Risk of Deadliest Stroke
December 10, 2022 — Statins, which are common cholesterol-lowering drugs, might lower a person’s risk of a bleeding stroke, the deadliest kind, a new report in the journal Neurology says.
- Fetterman's Recovery Highlights Road Back From Stroke
October 21, 2022 — After surviving a stroke in the spring, the primary care physician for Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman says the Senate candidate has an auditory processing disorder but “no work restrictions.”
- News Anchor's Stroke on Live TV a Reminder: Know the Signs
September 8, 2022 — The video of Chin struggling for words is bringing a lot of attention to this medical emergency. It shows how unexpectedly, and rapidly, stroke-like symptoms can start. It’s also a good reminder to anyone who thinks they or someone else might be having a stroke that they need to act fast.
- Loneliness Can Be a Real Heartbreaker
August 5, 2022 — The American Heart Association (AHA) warns social isolation and loneliness put people at a 30% higher risk of heart attack, stroke or death.
- Frequent Napping Linked to High Blood Pressure, Stroke
July 25, 2022 — People who nap frequently have a 12% higher chance of having high blood pressure and a 24% higher chance of having a stroke than people who never or rarely nap, according to a study published in Hypertension, a journal of the American Heart Association.
- Even When Stroke Centers Are Near, Black Americans Often Lack Access
June 29, 2022 — A new study found that residents of majority Black communities more likely to live near hospitals with specialty stroke centers but they were less likely to receive care there.
- Chronic Marijuana Use Linked to Recurring Stroke
February 14, 2022 — Results of a new observational study suggest the need to raise awareness among young stroke patients about the impact of chronic marijuana use, researchers say.
- Betty White’s Cause of Death Was a Stroke
January 11, 2022 — Actress Betty White died from a stroke she had six days before her Dec. 31 death at her home in Los Angeles, the Associated Press reported, citing her death certificate. She was 99.
- Blood Thinners After a Stent Might Not Be Necessary
November 23, 2021 — A new study suggests that after having a clogged artery reopened, you may soon be able to stop taking blood thinners.
- Still Too Few Women in Stroke Treatment Clinical Trials
October 19, 2021 — Researchers say men outnumber women in stroke therapy clinical trials, which means women may end up receiving less effective treatment.
- How to Exercise After a Stroke
September 23, 2021 — Struggling to get back to exercise after a stroke? Read on for guidance.
- Exercise Linked to 50% Lower Risk of Death After Stroke
August 13, 2021 — New research suggests that exercising, even a little, may significantly reduce the risk of death for people who have had a stroke.
- Brain Injuries Raise Long-Term Risk of Stroke
April 21, 2021 — People who suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) have a significantly higher risk for stroke for years afterward, U.K. researchers say.
- Higher Stroke Risk Among Younger Black Adults
March 29, 2021 — Black young adults are almost four times more likely than their white counterparts to have a stroke, according to new research.
- Depression May Follow Stroke, Women at Higher Risk
March 11, 2021 — The trauma and loss of stroke can often leave survivors with long-term depression, and women appear to be at special risk, new research shows.
- Your Eyes May Signal Your Risk for Stroke, Dementia
March 11, 2021 — Your eyes may be a window into the health of your brain, a new study indicates.
- 'Telestroke' Care at Hospitals Is Boosting Patient Outcomes
March 2, 2021 — Consulting with a stroke specialist who could be miles away is helping to lead to better patient outcomes, new research shows.
- 'Polypill' May Cut Heart Attack, Stroke Risk By 40%
November 16, 2020 — The "polypill" containing three generic blood pressure medications and a statin dramatically reduced the risk of heart-related illness in people with no prior history of heart problems, according to clinical trial results.
- Depression Has Strong Ties to Stroke, Study Finds
November 3, 2020 — Compared to participants with no depressive symptoms, those with scores of one to three had a 39% increased stroke risk. Those with scores of more than four had a 54% higher risk, after the researchers accounted for demographic factors.
- Smoking a Big Stroke Risk for Black Americans
June 10, 2020 — Stroke risk was 2.5 times higher among current smokers than in those who never smoked. There was no significant difference between past and never smokers.
- Only 20% Have Fast Access to Best Stroke Care
March 6, 2020 — The investigators found that just under 20% of Americans are within 15 minutes, by ambulance, of a stroke center capable of performing endovascular thrombectomy. Thirty percent are within 30 minutes.
- Wearable 'Brain Stimulator' May Aid Stroke Recovery
February 20, 2020 — The device, which is controlled with a smartphone, looks like a swim cap with multiple magnetic microstimulators attached. Study volunteers wore it for 40 minutes per session, and completed 20 sessions over four weeks.
- Will Brushing, Flossing Protect Against Stroke?
February 14, 2020 — Gum disease may be linked to higher rates of stroke caused by hardened and severely blocked arteries, preliminary research findings indicate.
- Is Sunny Outlook the Best Rx for Stroke Recovery?
February 13, 2020 — Stroke survivors who had positive outlooks showed lower levels of inflammation, reduced stroke severity and fewer physical impairments after three months compared to more pessimistic stroke survivors, the researchers found.
- Kirk Douglas Dies at Age 103
February 6, 2020 — He was one of the last surviving stars from Hollywood's golden age
- Frequent Pot Smokers Face Twice the Odds for Stroke
November 11, 2019 — They're also more likely to be hospitalized for a dangerously erratic heart rhythm, according to the second study.
- Could AI Beat Radiologists at Spotting Stroke?
October 24, 2019 — A computer program trained to look for bleeding in the brain outperformed two of four certified radiologists, finding abnormalities in brain scans quickly and efficiently, the researchers reported.
- Stroke Rate Continues to Fall for Older Americans
October 1, 2019 — Starting in the late 1980s, stroke rates among older Americans began to fall -- and the decline shows no signs of stopping, a new study finds.
- Walking May Show If Stroke Patients Ready For Work
September 26, 2019 — One of every four people who has a stroke is younger than 65 years old. As many as 44% may be unable to return to work, largely because of difficulty walking, the study authors said.
- 'Self-Silencing' Potentially Deadly for Women
September 24, 2019 — In a study of women aged 40 to 60, those who suffered from "self-silencing" had an increased risk of having plaque in their carotid arteries.
- Speed Stroke Recovery With Exercise
August 14, 2019 — Mixed aerobic exercise provided the greatest improvement, followed by walking, cycling and recumbent stepping -- a machine that allows stepping while in a seated position.
- Blood Pressure Is Key to Avoiding Second Stroke
July 29, 2019 — If you've already had one stroke, your risk for another is much higher.
- Infections, Especially UTIs, May Trigger Strokes
June 27, 2019 — The study found that the risk of suffering a stroke was heightened in the weeks and months after any infection that required a trip to the hospital. But urinary tract infections (UTIs) showed the strongest link.
- Long Workdays Could Raise Your Stroke Risk
June 20, 2019 — The researchers found a strong association between working long hours and stroke risk, for men and women alike. The link seemed stronger for people under the age of 50.
- Study: Anti-Clotting Meds OK After Bleeding Stroke
May 22, 2019 — The findings suggest that anti-clotting drugs reduce, rather than increase as feared, the chances of more bleeding in the brain, but more study is needed, researchers said.
- Director John Singleton Dies After Stroke
April 29, 2019 — Acclaimed director John Singleton died from a stroke Monday, shortly after his family removed him from life support.
- Could 2 Drinks a Day Raise Stroke Risk?
April 5, 2019 — Researchers followed more than 500,000 people in China for a decade. Overall, it found that alcohol boosts stroke risk by about one-third for every four additional drinks a day.
- Could Olive Oil Help the Obese Fend off Strokes?
March 7, 2019 — New research found that healthy but severely obese patients who ate olive oil at least once a week had less platelet activation, which means their blood is less likely to clot -- which might help lower their risk of heart attack or stroke.
- Heavier People More Likely to Survive a Stroke?
March 6, 2019 — The researchers found that severely obese patients were 62 percent less likely to die afterward than patients of normal weight.
- Actor Luke Perry Dies of ‘Massive Stroke’
March 4, 2019 — Actor Luke Perry, a star of Beverly Hills 90210 and Riverdale, died after he suffered a massive stroke.
- Drug May Be Safer Option Against Repeat Stroke
February 7, 2019 — The risk of another stroke caused by a blood clot was halved for patients who took the drug Pletal plus aspirin or clopidogrel, versus those who took aspirin or clopidogrel alone.
- 1 in 4 People Over 25 Will Be Hit by Stroke
December 20, 2018 — Researchers found that the risk of stroke for people over the age of 25 ranged from 8 percent to 39 percent, depending on where in the world they lived. The Chinese had the highest risk (with more than a 39 percent lifetime risk), followed by people in Central and Eastern Europe. The lowest risk was among those living in sub-Saharan Africa.