Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

What this blog is for:

Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Pot Use Tied to Higher Odds for Stroke, Heart Failure

That is quite a jump from concluding that pot use as specified in the question is tied to heart attacks and stroke.  I tried marijuana in college and nothing about my use of it then led in any way to my stroke. I also drank lots of beer in college and that could just as easily be pointed to as a risk factor for stroke and heart attack.  False association but good for big pharma to demonize marijuana. I will try it for rehab after my next stroke. This is total biased research, they had an agenda to write on and they manufactured the conclusions.

My 13 reasons for marijuana use post-stroke.  

But don't listen to me, I have absolutely no medical training.
New research analyzing millions of U.S. medical records suggests that marijuana use raises an adult's risk of stroke and heart failure.
The study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, but the researchers said they tried to account for other heart risk factors.
"Even when we corrected for known risk factors, we still found a higher rate of both stroke and heart failure in these patients," explained lead researcher Dr. Aditi Kalla, a cardiologist at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.
"That leads us to believe that there is something else going on besides just obesity or diet-related cardiovascular side effects," Kalla said in a news release from the American College of Cardiology (ACC).
Her team is slated to present its findings March 18 at the ACC's annual meeting, in Washington, D.C.
In the study, Kalla's group looked at 20 million health records of patients aged 18 to 55 who were discharged from one of more than a thousand hospitals across the United States in 2009 and 2010.
Of those patients, 1.5 percent said they'd used marijuana.
Such use was associated with a much higher risk for stroke, heart failure, coronary artery disease and sudden cardiac death. Pot use was also tied to common heart disease risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, smoking and drinking, the researchers said.
After adjusting for those risk factors, the researchers concluded that marijuana use was independently associated with a 26 percent increased risk of stroke and a 10 percent increased risk of heart failure.
"More research will be needed to understand the [reasons] behind this effect," Kalla said.
Not everyone agreed the findings are cause for alarm, however.
Paul Armentaro is deputy director of NORML, a marijuana advocacy group. He called the increase in heart risk, "a relatively nominal one," and said the study "is inconsistent with the findings of several other longitudinal studies finding that those who consume cannabis, but not tobacco, suffer no greater likelihood of adverse events compared to those with no history of use."
NORML agrees that certain groups -- adolescents, pregnant or nursing mothers, people with a history of psychiatric illness, or those with a prior history of heart disease -- may want to avoid marijuana due to the potential effects on health.
But others may want to talk the issue over with their doctors. "As with any medication, patients should consult thoroughly with their physician before deciding whether the medical use of cannabis is safe and appropriate," Armentaro said. (What the hell good would that do, your doctor knows nothing about benefits of marijuana?)
Study author Kalla noted that medical or recreational marijuana use is now legal in more than half of U.S. states -- so a better understanding of its health effects is needed.
"Like all other drugs, whether they're prescribed or not prescribed, we want to know the effects and side effects of this drug," Kalla said. "It's important for physicians to know these effects so we can better educate patients, such as those who are inquiring about the safety of cannabis or even asking for a prescription for cannabis."
Two heart specialists agreed.
The new study "suggests that marijuana may not be as safe as proponents for its legalization claim,"(bullshit! the study does no such thing) said Dr. Andrew Rogove, who directs stroke care at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, N.Y. He believes that "further studies need to be performed to elucidate how marijuana use can increase risk for stroke and heart failure and if any particular way that it is used confers a higher risk."
Dr. Shazia Alam directs inpatient stroke services at Winthrop-University Hospital, in Mineola, N.Y. She believes there's a growing number of patients of all ages with a history of marijuana use.
"As more of our patients will be on marijuana in the near future given the legalization trend, this study reminds us how important it is to ask about marijuana use early on and inform them of any potential consequences," she said.
"Moreover, we have been seeing increased strokes in the younger population, therefore routinely inquiring about marijuana use may become an integral part in stroke prevention," Alam added.
Because these findings are to be presented at a medical meeting, they should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.
More information
The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse has more about marijuana. (This proves the bias.)
-- Robert Preidt SOURCES: Shazia Alam, D.O., director, inpatient neurology and stroke services, Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, NY; Andrew Rogove, M.D., medical director, stroke, Southside Hospital, Bay Shore, N.Y.; Paul Armentaro, deputy director, NORML; American College of Cardiology, news release, March 9, 2017

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