March 29, 2010 by
An intracerebral hemorrhage, a type of hemorrhagic stroke is caused when a burst blood vessel bleeds into the brain. High blood pressure also called hypertension, is the most common cause of this type of stroke. The bleeding causes brain cells to die, and that part of the brain no longer works correctly.
An aneurysm is a weak spot on the wall of an artery that may balloon out, forming a thin-walled bubble. As it gets bigger, the aneurysm gets weaker and can burst, leaking blood into or outside of the brain.
Brain Aneurysm Statistics
- An estimated 6 million people in the United States have an unruptured brain aneurysm, or 1 in 50 people
- The annual rate of rupture is approximately 8 per 100,000 people or about 25,000 people
- About 40% of all people who have a ruptured brain aneurysm will die as a result
- 4 out of 7 people who recover from a ruptured brain aneurysm will have disabilities
- Brain aneurysms are most prevalent in people ages 35 – 60, but can occur in children as well
- Women, more than men, suffer from brain aneurysms at a ratio of 3:2
- Ruptured brain aneurysms account for 3-5% of all new strokes
March 23, 2010 by
Stroke is the sixth leading cause of death in children.
Pediatric stroke affects 25 in 100,000 newborns and 12 in 100,000 children under 18 years of age.
Recognition of stroke is often delayed or even missed in most children.
Early recognition and treatment during the first hours and days after a stroke is critical in optimizing long-term functional outcomes and minimizing recurrence risk.
Many children with stroke syndromes are misdiagnosed with more common conditions that mimic stroke, such as migraines, epilepsy or viral illnesses.
Stroke symptoms are the same for children, teens and adults.
March 08, 2010 by
Stroke continues to be a major public health concern, with more than 750,000 new strokes occurring each year in the United States. It is the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer and the leading neurologic cause of long-term disability. In California, stroke accounts for approximately 17,000 deaths each year, 50 deaths per 100,000 population. The annual cost of stroke exceeds $7 billion dolars (4.6 billion in medical care and 2.6 billion in lost productivity). Stroke has a large economic cost with an estimated annual direct and indirect cost of $62.7 billion in the United States. The estimated lifetime cost of an ischemic stroke in 1987 was $90,981 ($226,000 in 2005 dollars); however, between 1990 and 2000, the in-hospital charges, a proxy for cost, increased by 32% and 63% in rural and urban hospitals, respectively.
March 01, 2010 by
American Stroke Association late-breaking science report:
SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 26, 2010 — The antiplatelet drug cilostazol — used in the United States to treat leg pain associated with peripheral vascular disease — was more effective and safer than aspirin at preventing recurrent strokes in a Japanese trial presented as late-breaking science at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2010.
“This study demonstrated for the first time that cilostazol significantly reduces the risk of recurrent ischemic [blood-clot caused] stroke and the incidence of serious cerebral hemorrhage, compared to aspirin,” said Yukito Shinohara, M.D., lead author of the study and head of neurology at Tachikawa Hospital in Tokyo, Japan.