Posted by Lynn Bronikowski Jan 25 2018
Plenty of news came out of the International Stroke Conference held in late January in Los Angeles. Here’s a roundup of major stories:
Stroke Breakthrough: An expanded procedure that plucks stroke-causing clots from blood vessels in the brain may give a wider window of time for treating patients with ischemic stroke—possibly allowing treatment for up to 16 hours after a stroke, rather than the current recommended limit of six hours. News of the major thrombectomy study was announced at the International Stroke Conference. Read story here.
Missing Out on Rehab: Rehabilitation plays a crucial role in stroke recovery, but many patients could be missing out on it, a study suggests. The exact reasons why patients did not receive rehabilitation are not clear but researchers believe it has to do with with the co-pay associated with outpatient therapy services, even for those with insurance. Read story here.
Good News/Bad News: The good news is that stroke survivors have better cholesterol and blood pressure levels today, but many are faring poorly with respect to their weight, diabetes control, diet and exercise, a study finds. Over a period from 2011 to 2014, obesity increased from 27 percent to 39 percent. Diabetes and prediabetes rose from 49 percent to 56 percent. And the percentage of stroke survivors with a poor diet jumped from 14 percent to 51 percent. Read story here.
A Medication Regimen to Combat Stroke: Taking daily doses of two blood pressure medications and a cholesterol-lowering drug reduced first-time strokes by 44 percent among people at risk for heart disease, researchers found. Based on these results, the researchers are now looking at developing a single combo pill that would lower both blood pressure and cholesterol. Read story here.
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