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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’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

Older patients with 4+ chronic diseases expected to double by 2035

The number of older people with four or more chronic diseases is expected to nearly double by 2035, researchers at the Newcastle University Institute for Ageing have reported.

‘Hot yoga’ doesn’t need to be hot to achieve vascular benefits

Bikram yoga—a form of “hot yoga” in which poses are practiced in a room heated to upwards of 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius)—has cardiovascular benefits, but no more than yoga practiced at room-temperature, teams at the University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University have found.

As kidney disease progresses, so does risk of stroke

Individuals with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are at increased risk of stroke and more likely to die as a result of stroke than the general population, and those with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) are especially at risk, according to a study published in PLOS One.

General anesthesia trumps sedation for thrombectomy in randomized trial

General anesthesia during endovascular therapy (EVT) for acute ischemic stroke was tied to better outcomes than conscious sedation in a randomized single-center study, contrasting with findings from previous observational trials.

Higher statin doses tied to fewer deaths, amputations in PAD patients

High-intensity statin therapy for peripheral artery disease (PAD) patients reduces the risk of lower-extremity amputations by one-third and the risk of mortality by 26 percent, a new study found. However, the lipid-lowering drugs remain underutilized in the PAD population despite their guideline-recommended use.

Age, ethnicity, mental health contribute to post-stroke risk of dementia

Stroke may be linked to an increased risk of dementia, but cognitive decline isn’t an inevitable consequence of the event, researchers reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association this week.

4 ways to achieve—and maintain—healthy vascular aging

While a handful of age-old recommendations like eating well and exercising undoubtedly boost a patient’s health profile, there’s one factor nobody can avoid: aging. Chronological age is the primary risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), first author Kristen Nowak, PhD, and colleagues wrote in a recent Hypertension review, and it’s important to take the necessary steps to achieve healthy vascular aging (HVA)—especially if you know you’re at risk for CVD.

Vascular disease research gets $15M kickstart from AHA

Four medical centers have been awarded a cumulative $15 million by the American Heart Association (AHA) as part of an effort to expand current research on vascular disease, the AHA announced in a statement Friday.

Stroke survivors more likely to commit suicide than stroke-free counterparts

Stroke sufferers are more than twice as likely to attempt suicide within a decade of their infarction than non-stroke patients, according to a nationwide study of more than two million Taiwanese adults.

Wealthy benefit more from moderate drinking than the disadvantaged

Socioeconomically deprived individuals are less likely to consume alcohol than their wealthy counterparts but see higher cardiovascular risks when they do, according to new research out of Norway.