Strokes are linked to dementia, increases risk of the brain disease by 70%

Strokes are linked to dementia, increases risk of the brain disease by 70%

People who have suffered a stroke are more likely to develop dementia, a study conducted by the University of Exeter Medical School confirmed. The study involved an analysis of 3.2 million people across the world. Researchers found that the link between stroke and dementia persisted even after taking into account other dementia risk factors such as blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. “We found that a history of stroke increases dementia risk by around 70%, and recent strokes more than doubled the risk. Given how common both stroke and dementia are, this strong…

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Here’s why people of Asian-American origin are more prone to severe strokes

Here’s why people of Asian-American origin are more prone to severe strokes

People of Asian-American origin are more likely to experience severe ischemic stroke and worse outcomes than whites, claims a study. This happens because, compared to whites, Asian-Americans were increasingly associated with poorer functional recovery, receiving the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) less frequently, which can improve the chances of recovering from a stroke. They also had more serious and bleeding complications with tPA, despite receiving it quickly, research showed. “Asian-Americans may have a distinctive pathophysiologic profile of ischemic stroke than whites,” said lead author Sarah Song, Assistant Professor at…

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Younger Pregnant Women More Prone to Strokes: Study

Younger Pregnant Women More Prone to Strokes: Study

According to a study, pregnancy in young women may increase the risk of stroke as compared to their older counterparts of childbearing age. The findings showed that stroke risk was more in women aged 12 to 24 years and increased significantly by 60 per cent in women 25 to 34 years during pregnancy or post partum period up to six weeks after delivery. However, there was no difference in stroke risk in women who were 35 years or older. “We have been warning older women that pregnancy may increase their…

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Ignoring a Minor Stroke Ups Risk for More Strokes Soon After

Ignoring a Minor Stroke Ups Risk for More Strokes Soon After

People who have a minor stroke – or even a mini-stroke – are at serious risk for further strokes in the next few days, but many people delay going to the hospital because they do not recognize the symptoms, UK researchers warn. Often for these kinds of stroke, experts recommend surgery within 48 hours to unclog a major artery that supplies blood to the brain. People may not realize that vision problems can be an indicator of stroke, which can add to the delay in treatment, the researchers write in…

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