Some updated stroke statistics

An article called Advances in stroke: Prevention and health services delivery 2012-2013., published in the journal Stroke in February, summarized some stroke statistics based on research published during the year 2013.  Here are some of the findings: A large meta-analysis found that smoking increased the risk of stroke by 83% in women and 67% in […]

Carotid artery blockages- Choices and more choices.

I read an editorial in JAMA called Outcomes of Carotid Endarterectomy and Stenting in Elderly Patients.   The editorial refers to a study in JAMA Surgery called Meta-analysis and meta-regression analysis of outcomes of carotid endarterectomy and stenting in the elderly which I couldn’t read in its entirety due to not having a subscription.  The […]

Blood pressure medications and dementia. A protective link?

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is blamed for many things, mostly vascular in nature.  Unfortunately, hypertension is common, affecting about 90% of people eventually in their lives.  Hypertension damages arteries over time and can hasten coronary disease, stroke, brain hemorrhages, aneurysm ruptures, and can lead to kidney failure. Hypertension may also play a role in “brain […]