Study finds greater risk of stroke following hip replacement

Adults who underwent a total hip replacement had a higher risk of suffering an ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke two weeks after the procedure than those who didn’t get the surgery, a Dutch study found. Researchers noted that antiplatelet therapy following discharge was associated with lower odds of ischemic stroke in the six weeks after the procedure. The findings were published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. MedPage Today (free registration) (11/11)

Miscarriages are associated with risk of heart problems

Women who experienced one or more miscarriages had a greater likelihood of suffering a heart attack, stroke, atherosclerosis and renovascular hypertension than those who had no miscarriages, a Danish study found. The findings, based on data from more than 1 million women, were presented at the American Heart Association meeting. HealthDay News (11/6)

Transient ischemia carries risk of serious disabilities

Three months after a mild stroke, 15% of patients had at least one minor disability, according to a study of about 500 cases of transient ischemic attack. The study published in the journal Stroke found that women and type 2 diabetes patients had a higher risk of developing a disability after a mild stroke. HealthDay News (9/13)

Eating chocolate may lower stroke risk in men, study says

Men who reported eating the most chocolate were 17% less likely to suffer from a stroke over 10 years than were those who consumed the least, according to a study of 37,103 Swedish men on the website of the journal Neurology. “The beneficial effect of chocolate consumption on stroke may be related to the flavonoids in chocolate,” lead researcher Susanna Larsson said. Medscape (free registration) (8/29), Google/The Press Association (U.K.) (8/29)

Analysis: Stroke more likely after bypass but risk is still low

Patients who underwent bypass surgery had a higher risk for stroke than those who received angioplasty, according to an analysis of 19 clinical studies involving almost 11,000 patients. The risk, however, was low after either procedure. The findings appeared in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions and will be published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. HealthDay News (8/20

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