Tag Archives: Stroke

New Evidence Suggests Chocolate Lowers Stroke Risk

Chocolate lovers have another reason to indulge. A new study shows that consuming chocolate on a regular basis may decrease stroke risk by 20%.  New data reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found an inverse association … Continue reading

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Chocolate is Good for the Heart and Brain

Good news for chocolate lovers!! A new study reported that chocolate is beneficial to the heart and the brain.  The investigators performed an analysis on 7 studies to evaluate the effects of chocolate consumptions in various forms (such as chocolate … Continue reading

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Pradaxa Is Effective in All Types of Atrial Fibrillation

A new subgroup analysis of the Randomized Evaluation of Long-Term Anticoagulant Therapy (RE-LY) trial Treatment indicated that the 150mg twice daily dose of dabigatran (Pradaxa) is equally safe and effective in patients with permanent, persistent, and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.  Dabigatran … Continue reading

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Daily Drinking Diet Soda is not a Good Idea

Artificially sweetened “diet” soda may not be the healthier alternative as many had hoped.  A new study suggests diet soda may increase the risk of stroke, MI, and vascular death. The researchers asked the drinking habit of 2,500 people and … Continue reading

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The Who, When, How to Take and Store PRADAXA (dabigatran)

What is PRADAXA? PRADAXA is a medicine used to prevent stroke and blood clots in people who have a atrial fibrillation.  How to take PRADAXA? PRADAXA should be taken orally, twice daily, with or without food.  Swallow PRADAXA capsules whole. … Continue reading

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Chocolate Consumption Lower Blood Pressure and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

We previously have reported 2 studies that indicated chocolate could lower blood pressures and reduce risk of cardiovascular disease.  Now, there is another study that supports the previous findings.  The latest news came from a German study that evaluated the … Continue reading

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New Drug to Prevent Future Strokes

As we all knew, patients who have a stroke or a transient ischemic attack have more than double the risk of having another attack. Now a subanalysis of RE-LY study which was published in The Lancet Neurology indicated that dabigatran … Continue reading

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Home Monitoring of INR is Equal to Clinic Care

For patients who are taking warfarin and need to check their INR every month at the clinics, the result of the following study might be a good news for them.  A newly published article that suggests weekly self-testing of INR … Continue reading

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Modest Tea and Coffee Consumption Cuts Cardiovascular Disease

The latest look at the effects of tea and coffee consumption on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality suggests that moderate intake of either beverages reduces coronary heart disease risk (CHD).  The findings were reported in the June 18, 2010 issue of … Continue reading

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Another New Anticoagulant, Apixaban, Shown to Provide Stroke Reduction Benefit in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation:AVEROSE

The Apixaban versus Acetylsalicylic Acid to Prevent Strokes (AVERROES) trial, a study that compared the safety and effectiveness of apixaban (Pfizer/Bristol-Myers Squibb) and aspirin in patients with atrial fibrillation, has been stopped early after a predefined interim analysis by the … Continue reading

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