Stroke can be prevented: Campaigns save lives #StrokeEurope

Stroke can be prevented: Campaigns save lives #StrokeEurope

Dušan M. from Serbia was proud that he could eat a lot of greasy and salty food, smoke two packs of cigarettes a day and never had a sick day in his life, until he was 49 and had a stroke while trying to tie his shoelaces and go to work.

-I hate that although now I do everything right, the damage is done, I can’t go back to how I was before- he says to his wife almost every morning when she helps him prepare for the physical therapy.

There are stroke risk factors which can be influenced by every one of us. Switching to a healthy lifestyle could play a big part in decreasing your risk of stroke. Find what motivates you to prevent stroke, to live longer and stay healthy, not just for your sake, but also for your family’s. Blood pressure, atrial fibrillation (arrhythmia), blood sugar and body weight are all manageable risk factors. Start small and control them one by one to increase your chances of a stroke-free life. (more…)

Thrombus- a small word yet a big scare for stroke survivors and their families

Thrombus- a small word yet a big scare for stroke survivors and their families

Written by Alison Turner

The word is Thrombus. From the Greek, thrombos, meaning “lump, piece, clot of blood.” About 90% of strokes are caused by clots blocking blood flow to the brain, and the word carries grim associations for many stroke survivors and their families. It holds a different significance, however, for Frederik Denorme. About once a week, the young PhD student at KU Leuven, Campus Kulak in Kortrijk, Belgium receives the text message, “Frederik, we have a thrombus for you.”

Denorme is 28 years old, and since 2014 has been working his dream job, analysing clots that have been retrieved from stroke patients. When the text message comes through, he makes his way to the stroke unit at his local AZ Groeninge Hospital in Kortrijk. The clot that awaits him has just been removed, and as the patient begins the process of recovery, Denorme, and his supervisor, Prof Dr Simon De Meyer, further their discoveries. (more…)

Early menstruation linked to higher stroke risk

Early menstruation linked to higher stroke risk

Source: TOHOKU UNIVERSITY

Women who started menstruating early in life could later face a higher risk of stroke.

early menstruation stroke risk

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Women who started their periods at the age of 13 or younger, are about 1.8 times more likely to suffer a stroke, than those who started at the age of 15. These women are also more at risk for cerebral infarction, in which a section of brain tissue dies due to reduced blood flow and oxygen. This is according to research recently published in the journal Neuroepidemiology. (more…)

Top 5 of houseworks to exercise your hand

Top 5 of houseworks to exercise your hand

Source: stroketales.com

This is a blog post written by Kasia, young stroke survivor from Poland. She is one of the ambassadors of the Merz-SAFE post-stroke spasticity project.

1. Cooking – nothing is better than doing polish Pierogi (dumplings) or Indian chiapati (roti;p)
kolaż-pierogi

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2. Hanging your laundry – with clothespin! Great for precise movements;

3. Vacuuming, sweeping – sorry for that! For me it’s best to use healthy hand only for helping sick one. It took time to learn that, but finally I’m here. Healthy hand is resting more, spastic one works more

4. Doing your dishes – a bit precise. Hold something, turn it, put something into something elase, decompose… it’s extremely hard with one hand!

5. Ironing. The thing that I hate doing and wasn’t doing even while being healthy. Only before interviews. But it just must be good. Hand get’s stronger, but putting your shirt on ironing board is pretty hard and precise action, isn’t it?

Well, it’s my tradition to say: Mooom, it doesn’t mean that I will love completing all the chores you want me to!

P.S. My special number six. During communist era my parents bought somewhere plenty of pasta and not milled coffee, you know, in seeds. It was like a miracle. But they left it once in tiny room with two dogs.

After coming back they saw disaster. Our beautiful dogs ripped all packaging and mixed all together. Well. If you know anything about communist Poland, you know, that it couldn’t be wasted. So my parents st there for hours playing in Cinderella game. Separating coffee from noodles.

It’s like an exercise you can get in rehabilitation centers:))

Can high-dose oxygen therapy reduce the effects of stroke? The PROOF trial

Can high-dose oxygen therapy reduce the effects of stroke? The PROOF trial

Oxygen after stroke – the PROOF trial

Can high-dose oxygen therapy reduce the effects of stroke? A new international study called PROOF, funded by the EU, will investigate.

An ischaemic stroke is the most common type of stroke. The arteries that supply the brain with blood become clogged by clots. This kills the cells at the centre of the stroke and puts those nearby at great risk. (more…)

Low-cost therapy produces long-lasting improvements for stroke survivors

Low-cost therapy produces long-lasting improvements for stroke survivors

A new study by researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the University of Glasgow has found that a low-cost therapy can improve the lives of stroke patients with vision problems.

A stroke can affect the way the brain processes the information it receives from the eyes which can cause a number of visual processing problems. The study aimed to test the effectiveness of visuomotor feedback training (VFT) in treating the most common of these, visual neglect, which happens when the brain does not process the information about what is seen on one side of space. (more…)

Insulin-Controlled Diabetes Linked to Increased Stroke Risk in AFib

Insulin-Controlled Diabetes Linked to Increased Stroke Risk in AFib

HealthDay News, published on neurologyadvisor.com

For patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), diabetes requiring insulin, but not diabetes without insulin treatment, is associated with an increased risk of stroke/systemic embolism, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Giuseppe Patti, MD, from the Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome, and colleagues examined the differential role of insulin vs no insulin therapy on thromboembolic risk in a cohort of patients with AF. The authors compared the rates of stroke/systemic embolism at one year according to diabetes status. Data were included for 5717 patients; 1288 of these had diabetes, of whom 22.4% were on insulin. (more…)

EBC holds AF-Related Stroke Policy Workshop at European Parliament

EBC holds AF-Related Stroke Policy Workshop at European Parliament

On 25 January 2017, EBC and MEP Aldo Patriciello (Italy) host an AF-Related Stroke Policy Series Workshop in the European Parliament in Brussels. Moderated by Peter O’Donnell of Politico, the workshop focuses on highlighting the importance of pre-screening and early detection of AF to reduce the threat of stroke and features expert speakers in both AF and Stroke.

18% of strokes are associated with Atrial Fibrillation—the most common heart rhythm disturbance. The early detection of previously unknown arrhythmias, such as AF, can enable patients to receive timely and effective diagnosis and treatment in order to avoid possible future onset of stroke. (more…)

What’s in a name? A call to reframe non-communicable diseases

What’s in a name? A call to reframe non-communicable diseases

Written by Luke N Allen, Andrea B Feigl

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2214-109X(17)30001-3

The global health community does not spend much time on branding, which perhaps explains why existing classifications for the three largest groups of diseases are both outdated and counterproductive. The first Global Burden of Disease study1 described infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and injuries. This grouping reflected a predominantly infectious disease burden in low-income and middle-income countries, which has since tilted towards NCDs. A name that is a longwinded non-definition, and that only tells us what this group of diseases is not, is not befitting of a group of diseases that now constitute the world’s largest killer. (more…)