Stroke

Latest Research

Every week our cardiologists review the most recent advances in cardiovascular medicine and select news to share with you. Here you will find summaries of some of the latest research news about stroke. Share these articles with your friends and family via social media, print items you’d like to discuss with your care team, or add them to your toolbox to read later.

Chocolate Protects Against Heart Disease and Stroke

Moderate chocolate consumption helps, not harms, cardiovascular health.

Action, Not Advice, Helps Smokers Quit

Creating a quit plan and providing tools for ongoing support is more effective than education alone in helping smokers quit.

Cash Incentives Help Smokers Quit

Rewards-based programs are much more appealing than deposit-based programs, which require smokers to risk their own money.

Depression Increases Stroke Risk, Even if Symptoms Subside

Study findings highlight the need for increased screening for mental health and better treatment for conditions like depression.

Strong Grip Indicates Better Heart Health

Grip strength is a simple and affordable way to assess health, including risk for heart disease and stroke.

Complications From Heart Drugs More Common in Women than Men

Gender differences in the safety and efficacy of heart drugs are widely overlooked despite women having increased risk of complications.

Mediterranean Diet Improves Memory and Brain Function

A diet rich in olive oil and nuts may improve brain function and reduce risk for dementia.

A National Plan to Get America Moving

Proposed changes to our physical and social environments encourage regular physical activity for Americans throughout the course of the day.

Air Pollution from Major Roads Increases Risk of Stroke

Air pollution may cause the brain to age more quickly and impact its structure.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Rare for Adults Engaged in Sports

Study highlights the benefits of exercise and sports in middle-aged adults, as well as CPR training.

Is There an Exercise 'Sweet Spot' for Longer Life?

Two large-scale studies take a close look at meeting or exceeding current exercise guidelines, but one thing is clear: Any physical activity is far better than none.

Strategies for Combatting Childhood Obesity

Early lifestyle interventions are urgently needed to stop growing childhood obesity rates.

Children of Smokers Have Increased Risk of Heart Disease in Adulthood

Quitting is the best approach for the health of the family, but limiting children’s exposure to smoke can help.

Having a Sense of Purpose Protects Against Stroke

Maintaining a sense of purpose as we age imparts important health benefits.

Exercise Prevents Fall Injuries in Older Women

Finnish study assesses the effects of Vitamin D and strength training in women prone to falling.

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Short Hospital Stays after Angioplasty Are Often Sufficient for Older Patients

Study finds patients 65 or older discharged from the hospital as early as 48 hours after angioplasty following a heart attack have similar outcomes as those who stay four-to-five days.
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Combined Drug Therapy Cuts Risk of Second Heart Attack

Study addresses the benefits of adding blood thinner ticagrelor to a preventive daily aspirin regimen.

What Kind of Exercise is Best for Waist Size?

Both low- and high-impact exercise help us lose weight, but each provides different types of added benefits.
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Same-Day Discharge after ICD Placement Shown to be Safe

With appropriate follow-up, eligible patients released the same day do just as well as those kept overnight.

Frailty Increases Risk of Heart Disease in Older Adults

Addressing early signs of frailty could help ward off heart conditions later in life.

Peanuts: A Low-Cost Food with a High Impact on Health

The humble legume offers heart-health benefits on par with more expensive nuts.

Moderate Physical Activity Benefits the Heart the Most

Study finds that women who exercise moderately—not strenuously—a few times a week have lower risk for heart attack and stroke.

Sauna Use Linked to Improved Heart Health

Study follows sauna bathers for over two decades and finds lower rates of sudden cardiac death among most frequent users.
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Angioplasty for Patients with Chronic Blockages Underutilized

Researchers in an almost 4-year study found that angioplasty for patients with chronic blockages made up only 3.8% of the total number of angioplasties performed for stable heart disease.

Mediterranean Diet Protects Against Stroke

The protective benefit of healthier eating is seen even when incorporating only parts of the diet.