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The alternative smoking trend that’s taking over international markets might be more dangerous than tobacco companies are letting on—heat-not-burn tobacco’s negative impact on blood vessel function matches the damage done by smoking regular cigarettes, the American Heart Association reported at its Scientific Sessions 2017.

A simple, inexpensive tool could predict healthy individuals’ future risk of cardiovascular disease through just five painless calculations, Mount Sinai Health System reported today in a novel study. The paper was simultaneously published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Black men are most likely to suffer from intracranial atherosclerotic disease (ICAD), an important contributor to stroke, while midlife risk factors for the illness vary between blacks and whites, according to a new study published in JAMA Cardiology.

Five-minute interventions, “quit kits” and information delivered by peers all proved to be successful strategies for getting through to young smokers, research out of the University of California-Davis reports.

A new lab technique could cut testing time and improve the accuracy of coronary artery disease (CAD) diagnoses, new research published in Radiology states.

 

Recent Headlines

AHA, ASA develop algorithm to help EMS personnel ID, treat strokes

The American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association have developed an algorithm to help emergency medical services (EMS) personnel better identify strokes, assess patients’ conditions and determine the hospital that best meets patients’ needs.

International consortium recommends neurological endpoints for cardiovascular trials

The Neurologic Academic Research Consortium (NeuroARC) recently released a consensus paper proposing neurological endpoints that could be used in cardiovascular clinical trials.

High blood pressure doesn’t indicate mortality risk in inactive elderly patients

New research from Oregon State University suggests that older adults with elevated blood pressure are not at a high risk of death if they have a weak grip or are generally inactive, an important finding for physicians treating hypertension in these patients.

Study finds 40% of intracerebral hemorrhage survivors have depression within 5 years

Even if patients survive an intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), they may be at an increased risk of future mental issues.

American Stroke Association honors 10 scientists, researchers for exemplary work

The American Stroke Association (ASA) recently honored 10 scientists and researchers at its International Stroke Conference in Houston.

Most readmissions for critical limb ischemia are unplanned

At 30 days and six months, the majority of readmissions for critical limb ischemia (CLI) are unplanned, according to an analysis of hospital databases in Florida, New York and California.

History of migraine may increase risk of ischemic stroke caused by CEAD

A prospective cohort study in Italy found an association between migraine and spontaneous cervical artery dissection (CEAD) among young to middle-age adults, even after adjusting for traditional vascular risk factors.

Most people do not receive tPA treatment following acute ischemic strokes

Between 2005 and 2011, only 3.76 percent of patients received tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) treatment following acute ischemic strokes, according to a recent analysis.

Nearly 30% of adults hospitalized with intracerebral hemorrhage have a medical complication

From 2004 to 2013, adults who suffered an intracerebral hemorrhage had an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis and acute renal failure and a decreased risk of pneumonia, sepsis and mortality, according to a database analysis.

Physical activity may benefit stroke survivors, improve cognitive function

Stroke survivors who participated in physical activity programs had improvements in several neurocognitive domains, according to a meta-analysis of 13 clinical trials.

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