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…

Closure of Cardiac Defect No Better than Medical Therapy

A much anticipated clinical study which has taken years to complete was published in the New England Journal of Medicine yesterday. Some people have a small hole known as a patent foramen ovale (PFO) between two chambers of the heart. This defect, although not rare, is recognized as a cause of stroke in some cases. … Read more…

Chocolate May Lower Stroke Risk

A new study shows that women who consume chocolate regularly had a reduced risk of stroke. The data was derived from a group of over 33,000 women in Sweden being followed for a mammography study. Those reporting higher intake; equivalent to two chocolate bars a week, had a significantly reduced risk of stroke. Women without … Read more…