USPSTF Recommends Against Routine Carotid Screening

The United States Preventive Services Task Force has recommended against routine screening for carotid artery disease. Screening for carotid artery disease is usually done with ultrasound. It is very often performed in a physician’s office. The goal of screening is to detect narrowing of the carotid artery, with the theory that it will help prevent … Read more…

Selected Patients May Benefit from Later Stroke Treatment

A new study has demonstrated that some strokes may be treated later than was previously thought. The EXTEND study, performed in Australia, treated patients with the clot dissolving medication Alteplase (tPA) between 4.5 and 9 hours after the start of the stroke, including patients that noticed their symptoms after waking from sleep. More patients who … Read more…

New Blood Pressure Guideline Impacts Stroke Prevention

Last month, the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association released a new guideline for the prevention, detection, evaluation and management of high blood pressure in adults. This is the first comprehensive update since 2003. The most important points for the public are new thresholds for starting treatment with medications, and new levels … Read more…