The physician researchers at Harper University Hospital and Wayne State University are leading research into stroke prevention and treatment of acute stroke. Currently between 8 and 10 clinical trials are underway, including studies of:

  • Various blood-thinning regimens
  • Optimum blood pressure levels in stroke survivors
  • A new blood thinner for people with atrial fibrillation, a heart-rhythm disorder which can cause blood clots and stroke
  • Symptoms and misdiagnosis among young stroke patients (under 50 years old)
  • A new, minimally invasive treatment to prevent stroke in patients with carotid artery disease
  • Stents used to relieve blockage of blood vessels in the skull

Patients at Harper University Hospital often volunteer to participate in clinical trials like these. All patients benefit from the latest, research-based knowledge in stroke prevention and therapy.

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Stroke Is a Leading Cause of Disability

Stroke is a leading cause of disability in the U.S., happening when a blood vessel to the brain ruptures or has a blockage. The brain can’t get the blood and oxygen it needs, and that can cause serious problems. Many of the things that you can do to reduce stroke risk are the same healthy lifestyle choices that keep you in good general health:

  1. Don’t smoke and avoid second hand smoke. Cigarette smoke can damage the heart and blood vessels.
  2. Eat/drink healthy. Think color and include fruits and vegetables for meals and snacks, reduce saturated fat, trans fat, sugar and salt. Avoid fatty meats, butter and cream. Limit alcohol to one drink a day for women or two for men.
  3. Be physically active. The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise. That may sound like a lot, but think of it as 10 minutes, three times a day.
  4. Have regular checkups. Manage your blood pressure if it’s high and take all medication as prescribed.
  5. Reduce and manage stress. Aim for work/life balance and seek emotional support.

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