Contact: Heather Woolwine
March 28, 2014
CHARLESTON – Stroke survivors who consistently control their blood pressure may reduce the likelihood of a second stroke by more than half, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.
Study authors, including Bruce Ovbiagele, M.D., MUSC Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery chairman and professor, found that among individuals with elevated blood pressure at baseline (systolic blood pressure over 153 mm Hg), second stroke risk was reduced by 54 percent among participants who kept their blood pressure under control more than 75 percent of the time, compared with those who kept it under control less than 25 percent of the time. Unfortunately, fewer than 30 percent of participants maintained consistent blood pressure control more than 75 percent of the time.
“Over time, a patient may average a blood pressure that falls within normal, but this study suggests that providers and patients should also factor in the proportion of time (or visits) in which that patient’s blood pressure stays within control versus not,” Ovbiagele said. “Since South Carolina has one of the highest stroke rates in the nation, and many strokes are readily preventable through good blood pressure management, targeting the maintenance of blood pressure control consistently over time following a stroke could be a helpful way to lessen the personal and public burden of stroke in our state.”
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Contact: Heather Woolwine
Join us on April 26, 2014 for the 6th Annual Coach Tim Touchberry Putting for Parkinson's Golf Tournament, Dinner & Auction. This event benefits the Murray Center at the Medical University of South Carolina, and will be held at the Westcott Golf Club in North Charleston, SC. There are many ways for you to participate in this great event....sponsorship, golfing, eating, bidding, donating and more! You don't have to golf to participate. You can just join us for the dinner and auction.
For more information visit www.puttingforparkinsons.com.
Exciting news regarding stroke care came out of MUSC this week!
A MUSC and AHA led study was published showing that stroke deaths in the U.S. are on the decline. MUSC's Dr. Dan Lackland who chaired the study committee said, “The decline in stroke deaths is one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th and 21st centuries. The decline is real, not a statistical fluke or the result of more people dying of lung disease, the third leading cause of death.” Learn more...
Also, this week it was announced that MUSC was awarded a $1.7 million grant from NIH to serve as a Regional Coordinating Center (RCC) for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke “NIH StrokeNet”. The network’s purpose is to further develop, promote and conduct high-quality, multi-site clinical trials focused on stroke prevention, emergency treatment and recovery. “It is a great opportunity for South Carolinians to participate in these studies which will lead to future stroke therapies" according to Ed Jauch, M.D., Director of the Division of Emergency Medicine at MUSC. Learn more...
Mickey, a 3 year-old who had case of Bobble-Head Doll Syndrome, a rare condition that resulted in him bobbing his head in a “yes-yes” motion was treated at MUSC this summer. WCBD Channel 2 joined Mickey, his Mom and Dr. Sunil Patel for this follow-up visit in the news story below.WCBD-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Charleston, SC
A free educational Brain Tumor support group designed to help adults with brain tumors improve their quality of life, and share their experiences.
Please join us to learn about resources and treatment options, share information and develop new relationships. Patients and their families are welcome. Lunch will be provided. For more information call 843-792-8552.
Date: 1st Thursday of every month
Time: 12 to 1 p.m.
Location: MUSC Clinical Sciences Building, Room 429, 96 Jonathan Lucas Street, Charleston, SC
Please RSVP to Brittaine Hinkson at 843-792-855
Find out more about the MUSC Brain and Spine Tumor program.