A common treatment for acute intracerebral hemorrhage is to quickly and drastically lower blood pressure. However, the effectiveness of this treatment might change depending on kidney function. Researchers at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center in Japan examined the data from a large clinical trial and found that when patients were treated this way for acute intracerebral hemorrhage, the odds of death or disability were significantly higher if they already had decreased kidney function.
New research evaluating the drugs commonly used by rheumatoid arthritis patients suggests two combinations could reduce the risk of heart attack and strokes. The new publication in Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine has found that anti-rheumatic drug regimens that include either tumour necrosis factor inhibitors or hydroxychloroquine might significantly protect the endothelium in rheumatoid arthritis.
The adult brain is more malleable than previously thought, according to researchers from IDC Herzliya. They trained a 50-year-old man, blind from birth, to "see" by ear, and found that neural circuits in his brain formed so-called topographic maps - a brain organization previously thought to emerge only in infancy. This finding, reported in Neuroimage, sheds new light on the brain's ability for change and holds promise to restore lost functions, for example, after a stroke
Patients suffering from severe heart attacks are susceptible to ruptures in the wall of their hearts. Such conditions coupled with drastic fluctuations in blood pressure could be fatal. A group of Chinese medical researchers has now been successful in devising a new surgical technique, called SurCOP, to repair such ruptures, according to a study published in Chinese Medical Journal.
A new study in the Journal of the American Heart Association shows that a breathing exercise known as Inspiratory Muscle Strength Training can reduce blood pressure in weeks, with benefits on par with daily exercise or medication.
New study published in Chinese Medical Journal finds that having high blood pressure beyond a specific threshold for extended periods of time, such as several years, could be the primary risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, regardless of whether you've brought it back under control or not. These findings indicate that focusing on maintaining normal blood pressure for as long as possible could be key to reducing the global burden of cardiovascular diseases.
Researchers have discovered that, in an attempt to adapt to impairments from stroke, muscles lose sarcomeres -- their smallest, most basic building blocks. The team hopes this discovery can help improve rehabilitation techniques to rebuild sarcomeres, ultimately helping to ease muscle tightening and shortening.
A study from UCLA neurologists challenges the idea that the brain recruits existing neurons to take over for those that are lost from stroke.
Previously measured risk factors could help to prevent potentially fatal cardiovascular diseases and help in targeting preventive interventions.
A study involving virtual rather than real patients was as effective as traditional clinical trials in evaluating a medical device used to treat brain aneurysms, according to new research. The findings are proof of concept for what are called in-silico trials, where instead of recruiting people to a real-life clinical trial, researchers build digital simulations of patient groups, loosely akin to the way virtual populations are built in The Sims computer game.