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…

Apple moves into stroke prevention with new watch

At the Apple new product announcements last week, the new Apple Watch was presented as a device to improve health. They announced a new health study to be conducted with Stanford to use the watch to study irregular heart rhythms, specifically atrial fibrillation, a known risk factor for stroke. Apple has stated that their watch … Read more…