Progress for Interventional Stroke Therapy

In 1995 the clot dissolving drug tPA was first demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of the most common type of stroke, those caused by blood clots plugging arteries in the brain. Since that time, no newer therapy has been proven to improve the outcome of stroke patients compared to tPA. But tPA treatment … Read more

Detecting Atrial Fibrillation in Stroke of ‘Unknown’ Cause

Atrial fibrillation is a type of irregular heartbeat that is quite common in the elderly. This condition results in the tendency for blood clots to originate in the heart and move into the brain, plugging blood vessels and causing a stroke. The strokes associated with atrial fibrillation tend to be large and severe. There are … Read more

New Guidelines for Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition which increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, heart failure, and diabetes and increases the chance of car accidents or other accidents. Sleep apnea is a leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness. The most common type is known as obstructive sleep apnea. Symptoms may include snoring and … Read more

Study Demonstrates Value of Rapid Stroke Treatment

A new study, by far the largest analysis of stroke treatment with a clot dissolving drug, demonstrates dramatically the importance of early stroke treatment. A team of physicians from the UCLA stroke center analyzed data from a national database on over 58,000 patients treated with the drug tPA, which is the only FDA approved medication … Read more

Mediterranean Diet Prevents Stroke

Although it has been known for some time that a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, and nuts was linked to heart health, a major study recently published lends stronger support to the dietary approach to prevention of cardiovascular disease. In a study of over 7000 people in Spain, followed for almost five years, there was … Read more