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Infections, Especially UTIs, May Be Triggers for Strokes

THURSDAY, June 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A urinary tract infection might be more than just a painful nuisance for some, with new research suggesting it could raise the risk of stroke in vulnerable people.

The study of over 190,000 stroke patients found that the risk of suffering a stroke was heightened in the weeks and months following any infection that required a trip to the hosp...

Just How Harmful Is TV for Your Health?

MONDAY, June 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Cautions about TV viewing are as old as television itself, but how bad is it really?

A number of studies cite health risks due to the link between a sedentary lifestyle and the number of hours spent watching the tube.

Young adults who watch three or more hours of TV a day and get little exercise have a greater chance of cognitive is...

Study Refutes Notion That People on Warfarin Shouldn't Eat Leafy Greens

TUESDAY, June 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Spinach-loving seniors, rejoice. A new study suggests that -- despite doctor warnings to the contrary -- you can eat leafy greens rich in vitamin K if you are taking the blood thinner warfarin.

In fact, "I think all warfarin-treated patients would benefit from increasing their daily vitamin K intake," said lead author Guylaine Ferland. She's...

Younger Gout Patients Have Higher Odds for Blood Clots

MONDAY, June 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Older age raises the odds of many ills, but for adults with gout, it's the younger ones who have the highest risk for developing a serious blood clot, new research indicates.

Gout patients of any age have a 25% greater risk of developing a blood clot deep in the veins in the first 10 years after diagnosis, the British study found.

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Nerve Stimulation May Help Curb Stroke Damage

FRIDAY, May 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Could electrical stimulation of nerves that sit behind your nose help limit the harm done to your brain by a stroke?

New research suggests it's possible. In early experiments, blood flow to the brain was increased by widening undamaged arteries and bypassing the clot. This delivered oxygen-rich blood to threatened areas of the brain.

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AHA News: Dangerous Blood Clots May Be the Latest Risk From 'Bad' Cholesterol

TUESDAY, May 14, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- LDL cholesterol – the so-called "bad" cholesterol – is known to narrow arteries, which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. It's also now suspected of contributing to venous thromboembolism, new research suggests.

The preliminary study, presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association's Vascular Discovery Sci...

Window for Safe Use of Clot-Buster Widens for Stroke Patients

WEDNESDAY, May 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For years, many people suffering a stroke have not been able to get a critical drug due to time limits on its use. Now, a new study suggests that treatment time window can be doubled.

Experts said the findings could open up the treatment option for many more stroke victims.

The drug is called tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA. It...

Experimental Blood Thinner May Help Prevent Stroke, Without the Bleeding Risk

THURSDAY, April 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say an experimental stroke drug prevented blood clots without the typical side effect of blood thinners: increased bleeding risk.

Bleeding is a common and potentially dangerous side effect of current anti-clotting drugs used to treat stroke patients. But the new findings suggest that the antiplatelet drug, called ACT017, may be ...

More Complication Risks With C-Section Than Vaginal Delivery

MONDAY, April 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For pregnant women, a C-section carries a higher risk of severe complications than a vaginal delivery, particularly after age 35, a new study finds.

The researchers said that cesarean deliveries appear to cause an overall 80% increased risk of severe maternal complications when compared with vaginal delivery.

For women 35 or old...

A Better Cardiac Pump for People With Heart Failure?

TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A new version of an implantable heart pump could cut the risk of blood clots, bleeding and stroke in patients with advanced heart failure, according to a study funded by the device's maker.

The study included more than a thousand patients who received either Abbott Inc.'s HeartMate 3 left ventricular assist device (LVAD) or the HeartMate II....

Stopping Aspirin 3 Months After Stent Is Safe, Study Finds

TUESDAY, March 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Heart patients who get a stent to prop open a blocked artery are typically put on a powerful anti-clotting drug and aspirin for a full year after their procedure.

Now, new research suggests these patients can safely drop the aspirin regimen after just three months, and lower their bleeding risk in the process.

"Even though this tre...

AHA News: Overweight Kids at Higher Risk for Blood Clots as Adults

FRIDAY, March 15, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Overweight children may be more likely than normal-weight children to develop life-threatening blood clots as adults, a new Danish study suggests. The good news is, getting to a healthy weight by age 13 eliminated the extra risk.

For the study, published Friday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the re...

Could Olive Oil Help Keep Stroke at Bay for Obese Americans?

THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- If you're obese and you want to do your heart a favor, try adding some olive oil to your diet.

So suggests new research, which found that healthy but severely obese patients who ate olive oil at least once a week had lower platelet activation. That means their blood showed less propensity toward forming clots -- which might help lower their ...

High Testosterone Levels Are Bad News for the Heart

THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- High testosterone levels can drastically increase a man's risk of heart failure and stroke-causing blood clots, a new study reports.

Men with a genetic predisposition to high testosterone levels have a nearly eightfold increased risk of heart failure and twice the risk of thromboembolism (blood clots that can block veins or arteries leading ...

Heavier People May Be More Likely to Survive a Stroke

WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- While it's long been understood that being overweight or obese raises the odds of stroke, new research indicates those carrying extra weight are far less likely to die after having such a "brain attack."

For the study, scientists analyzed more than 1,000 people who had a so-called ischemic stroke, in which a clot blocks blood flow to the ...

Low-Carb Diets Linked to Higher Odds for A-Fib

WEDNESDAY, March 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Keto, Paleo, Atkins -- there's no shortage of low-carb diets to try, but new research suggests that over time, living low-carb can raise your risk of a heart condition called atrial fibrillation, or a-fib.

People who regularly got fewer than 45 percent of their calories from carbohydrates were 18 percent more likely to develop a-fib than p...

Blood Thinning Drug May Be Safer Option Against Recurrent Stroke

THURSDAY, Feb. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Taking the blood thinner Pletal (cilostazol) with either aspirin or clopidogrel (best known as Plavix) lowers stroke patients' risk of a subsequent stroke better than taking aspirin or clopidogrel alone, a new study finds.

The Japanese study was funded by Pletal's maker, Otsuka Pharmaceutical, and tracked outcomes for people with the most co...

Strict Blood Pressure Control Could Help Make Stroke Care Safer

THURSDAY, Feb. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- For patients who receive clot-busting drugs after a stroke, intensive blood pressure lowering is safe and it reduces their risk of bleeding in the brain, a new study finds.

Brain bleeds are a major potential side effect of clot-busting drugs. But the use of extreme blood pressure lowering to reduce that risk in patients who take the drugs aft...

Cardiologist Groups Say Newer Blood Thinners Best Against A-Fib

MONDAY, Jan. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Newer blood thinners are recommended over warfarin for people with the heart condition called atrial fibrillation (a-fib) in updated treatment guidelines issued by three major American heart groups.

The newer drugs are called non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs). Examples include dabigatran (Pradaxa), rivaroxaban (Xarelto) and apixaban (E...

Heart Risks High in Older Cancer Patients <i>Before</i> Diagnosis

FRIDAY, Dec. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- There's a significant rise in the risk of heart attack and stroke in older people in the months before they're diagnosed with cancer, a new study finds.

"Our data show there is an associated risk of ischemic stroke and heart attack that begins to increase in the five months before the cancer is officially diagnosed, and peaks in the month just...

A-Fib Tied to Higher Odds for Dementia

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A common heart rhythm disorder, atrial fibrillation, may speed up mental decline in older adults, new research suggests.

If you have atrial fibrillation, or A-fib, your heart beats irregularly. This means blood can pool and form clots that go to the brain, causing a stroke.

The good news from this study: Blood thinners can reduce...

AHA: Vaping Tied to Blood Clots -- in Mice

WEDNESDAY, July 18, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- A new study involving mice raises another concern about the danger of e-cigarettes in humans after experiments showed that short-term exposure to the device's vapors appeared to increase the risk of clot formation.

A higher risk of clots forming can lead to a greater chance of a stroke or heart attack.

In the study p...

Heart Risks Tied to Transwomen's Hormone Therapy

TUESDAY, July 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Transwomen who undergo hormone therapy may face higher chances of blood clots, stroke and heart attack, a new study suggests.

The term transwoman refers to a woman who is designated male at birth. Some undergo hormone therapy to minimize their male characteristics and maximize female traits.

"While our study confirmed elevated risk...

Surgical Blood Transfusions Tied to Clot Risk

WEDNESDAY, June 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Blood transfusions around the time of surgery may raise your risk for dangerous blood clots, researchers report.

A new study of U.S. patients found that nearly 1 percent of those who received red blood cells before, during or after surgery developed clots in the following month.

Clot risk doubled after one transfusion and increase...

Scans Can Tell How Long Ago a Stroke Occurred

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new MRI scanning technique can help doctors better nail down when a person has suffered a stroke and whether clot-busting drugs will help preserve their brain.

This technique could save the brains of some people who suffer "wake-up" strokes, where symptoms become apparent after they wake from a night's sleep, said lead researcher Dr. Gotz T...

Further Signs That Too Much Sitting Can Raise Clot Risk

THURSDAY, May 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's been long known that people who sit for extended periods of time run the risk of blood clots.

In fact, the condition has been dubbed economy class syndrome because it's believed it can be brought on by stretches of prolonged immobility on long-distance flights.

Now, a new study out of Japan found that people fleeing a natural di...

A Better Clot-Buster Drug for Strokes?

THURSDAY, April 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- After a stroke, many patients are given the clot-busting intravenous drug alteplase, but another drug may be more effective, Australian researchers report.

Among more than 200 stroke victims, TNKase (tenecteplase) was about twice as effective as alteplase in restoring blood flow to the brain, and it also resulted in less disability, the sci...

Varicose Veins Tied to Higher Odds for Blood Clots

TUESDAY, Feb. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Those tangled blue varicose veins that can pop up on your legs as you age may be more than unsightly: New research suggests they might quintuple your risk of dangerous blood clots.

Known as deep venous thrombosis (DVT), these clots in the legs can be life-threatening if they travel to the lungs or heart, Taiwanese researchers said.

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Too Much TV Could Boost Your Odds for a Blood Clot

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Hours spent binge-watching that hot new series might feel great, but it's doing no favors for your blood vessels, new research shows.

The study found that people who spend too much time in front of the TV are at increased risk for blood clots in their veins -- a condition called venous thromboembolism (VTE).

These clots, which oft...

Aspirin as Good a Clot Buster as Pricey Drugs After Joint Replacement

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 21, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Good old aspirin is just as effective as newer, expensive drugs at preventing blood clots after hip or knee replacement, a new clinical trial suggests.

Researchers said the findings could change some doctors' prescribing habits.

After knee or hip replacement surgery, there's a risk of blood clots in the legs or lungs. So it's rout...

Migraines Tied to Higher Heart Trouble Risk

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Migraine sufferers might have to worry about more than just dealing with debilitating headaches.

Migraine patients could also face an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, blood clots and irregular heart rates, a new study suggests.

The risk to heart health appears to be strongest in the first year after diagnosis of migraine,...

Fainting Rarely Tied to Blood Clot, Study Finds

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A fainting spell is rarely caused by a blood clot in the lungs, and usually doesn't warrant extensive testing, new research suggests.

A study of more than 1.6 million adults treated in the emergency department after fainting -- medically known as a "syncope" -- found less than 1 percent had a blockage in an artery leading to the lungs, or pulm...

Expanded Use of Clot-Removing Procedure Could Change Stroke Care

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A procedure that plucks stroke-causing clots from blood vessels in the brain may be useful in many more patients than previously thought, new research shows.

In the emergency procedure, called thrombectomy, doctors snake a catheter device through blood vessels to grab and remove the blockage.

Now, a major new study finds that the p...

Serena Williams Shares Childbirth Ordeal

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Though Serena Williams commands the tennis court with ease when she plays, life-threatening complications following the birth of her daughter sidelined her for six weeks.

Williams tells the story of her medical ordeal in the latest issue of Vogue, published Wednesday.

After an easy pregnancy, things turned precarious when sh...

Quickly Treating Mini-Stroke Can Cut Risk for Future Stroke

MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Prompt treatment of a mini-stroke could reduce the likelihood of having a full-blown stroke by roughly 80 percent, according to a new report.

People who have a mini-stroke -- officially called a transient ischemic attack (TIA) -- typically recover from symptoms, such as trouble speaking or paralysis, within minutes. But a trio of neurologists ...

'Fountain of Youth' Gene Discovered in Secluded Amish Community

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Talk about good genes.

Researchers report they have discovered a genetic mutation in Amish families living in Indiana that not only protects against type 2 diabetes, but also appears to boost longevity.

Even better, the Northwestern University scientists said that an experimental longevity drug that mimics this genetic effect is n...

Binge-Watchers, Beware: Long TV Time Poses Clot Risk

SUNDAY, Nov. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you love to while away a weekend watching a season's worth of episodes from a favorite TV series, you may inadvertently put yourself at risk for developing a dangerous blood clot.

When researchers compared people who reported watching TV more often to those who seldom or never watched TV, the risk of a venous th...

Could a Common Blood Thinner Lower Cancer Risk?

MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A pill widely taken to prevent heart attack and stroke may also guard against cancer, new research suggests.

Warfarin is an inexpensive blood thinner. It's typically prescribed for patients whose leg arteries are prone to clots and for patients with the abnormal heartbeat called atrial fibrillation.

Now, Norwegian investigators say it...

Newer Blood Thinners May Not Bring Higher Bleeding Risk

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- New anti-clotting drugs -- like Xarelto, Pradaxa and Eliquis -- aren't linked with a higher risk of bleeding than the older drug warfarin, a new study finds.

Many patients who suffer from blood clots in their legs -- called venous thromboembolism (VTE) -- or have the abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation take blood thinners to ...

Blood Thinners Can Come With Dangerous Side Effects

TUESDAY, Oct. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Blood-thinning drugs can save your life by preventing a heart attack or stroke caused by artery-blocking blood clots.

But these are powerful drugs, and a pair of new studies detail side effects people need to understand before taking them.

The effectiveness of a class of blood thinners called nonvitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs) ...

Nurses Learn How to Get Patients to Say 'Yes' to Blood Thinners

THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Online training for nurses increased hospital patients' use of medication that can prevent potentially deadly blood clots, a new study reveals.

Nurses sometimes won't give the blood thinning drugs if patients don't want them. So researchers developed the training to teach nurses how to respond when patients say they don't want to take blood ...

McCain's Recovery Time After Surgery Uncertain, Experts Say

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A pending pathology report will reveal the health risk posed by a blood clot that forced U.S. Sen. John McCain to undergo brain surgery last week, experts say.

The future of the Affordable Care Act may rest on McCain's recovery and return to Congress. A Senate vote to repeal the ACA -- often called Obamacare -- was shelved after McCain, 80, un...