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A common genetic variant has been identified as a risk factor for stroke, especially in adults aged older than 65 years, according to a study published in the journal Stroke. Cerebral small vessel disease (SVD) causes about a quarter of ischaemic strokes worldwide and is the most common cause of...
In a large-scale study of electronic health records (EHRs), researchers have determined the prevalence of functional seizures and characterised comorbidities associated with them. The research team, headed by Lea Davis, PhD, Vanderbilt Genetics Institute, Nashville, Tennessee, confirmed...
The levels of 10 metabolites detected in the blood are associated with a person’s risk of stroke, according to a study published in Neurology. “With stroke being a leading cause of death and serious long-term disability worldwide, researchers are looking for new ways to identify high-risk...
A study published in Stroke provides strong evidence for a casual, rather than associative, role of smoking in subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH). The findings suggest that SAH has more to do with external risk factors and very little to do with genetic influence. “Our study provides further...
Physicians can predict a patient’s risk for ischaemic stroke based on the severity of their metabolic syndrome, according to a study published in Stroke. The study found that stroke risk increased consistently with metabolic syndrome severity even in patients without diabetes. Physicians...
Patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) presenting with acute neurologic symptoms warrant a lower threshold for suspicion of large vessel occlusion (LVO) stroke, thus necessitating prompt workup. “To our knowledge, this is the first study to describe an association between COVID-19 and...
Women who have hot flushes and night sweats after menopause are 70% more likely to have angina, myocardial infarctions, and strokes, according to a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. The study found that women of any age who experience vasomotor symptoms...
To keep patients and healthcare providers safe during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, while providing urgent treatment for patients with stroke, extra precautions must be taken, according to new guidelines published in the journal Stroke. The guidelines were established by...
New guidance from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) recommends closure of a patent foramen ovale (PFO) for some patients who have had a stroke. The updated practice advisory is published in the online issue of the journal Neurology. Closure may be considered for some people aged...
Atheroma plaques extend rapidly through the arteries of 40% of asymptomatic individuals aged 40 to 50 years, according to a study published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology. “The key finding of the study is that over a short follow-up of just 3 years, 40% of individuals aged...

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