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The FDA on Feb. 15 announced Stryker’s Trevo Retriever clot-removal device can be used up to 24 hours after stroke onset, mirroring the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s recently updated guidelines expanding the window for mechanical thrombectomy from 6 to 24 hours.

The FDA cleared Viz.ai’s clinical support tool on Feb. 13, allowing the software that alerts clinicians to the possibility of a stroke to be marketed in the United States.

Short kids grow up to have a higher risk of stroke, according to a study of more than 310,000 Danish schoolchildren with up to eight decades of follow-up.

A team of researchers has developed a risk score containing five readily available factors that predict the odds of stroke for heart attack patients with reduced ejection fraction but without atrial fibrillation (AFib).

People who have migraines are more at risk than the general population for a range of adverse cardiovascular events, according to a study published in The BMJ.

 

Recent Headlines

Retinal infarction requires better follow-up care to prevent future strokes

Only a third of patients with retinal infarction underwent basic evaluations for stroke risk and fewer than one in 10 were seen by a neurologist, according to research presented at the International Stroke Conference on Jan. 25 in Los Angeles.

Less than 1% of stroke survivors meet healthy heart standards

Less than 1 percent of stroke survivors meet the American Heart Association’s heart health standards, researchers reported at last week’s International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles.

Working before and after stroke associated with better brain health

People who are employed before and after suffering stroke are more likely than unemployed individuals to maintain cognitive function and avoid depression two years post-stroke, according to research presented Jan. 25 at the International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles.

Stent system for intracranial stenosis may benefit repeat stroke victims

A stent system designed to open blocked arteries in the brain resulted in a complication rate of 2.6 percent for patients with intracranial stenosis and a history of multiple strokes.

Asian Americans have more severe strokes than whites—but outcomes are improving

Asian Americans are more likely to experience a severe ischemic stroke and have worse outcomes than whites despite improvements in care for both groups over the last dozen years, according to preliminary research reported at the International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles.

Finances, mistrust of hospitals cause neighborhood disparities in stroke response

A fear of healthcare expenses may cause residents of certain neighborhoods to avoid calling 9-1-1 for suspected stroke symptoms, researchers reported at the International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles.

Less than 1/2 of stroke patients referred for rehab receive it

Less than half of all stroke patients who are referred for rehabilitation—be it outpatient therapy or at-home care—actually receive it, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association’s International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles.

Combining drugs for BP, cholesterol more effective in stroke prevention

Antihypertensive drugs and statins can each lower a patient’s risk of stroke but taking both medications simultaneously is even more protective, according to research presented Jan. 25 at the International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles.

Highlights: AHA/ASA 2018 ischemic stroke guidelines

More patients could now be eligible for critical procedures and medications following an acute ischemic stroke (AIS), the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association announced in their latest joint treatment guidelines.

Rare type of stroke afflicting more pregnant women

A rare form of stroke called spontaneous subarachnoid hemorrhage (sSAH) is increasing among pregnant women, and African-Americans are particularly susceptible, according to research reported Jan. 24 at the International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles.

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