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Advances That Can Prevent Stroke

Latest advances in stroke prevention replace older, less reliable methods. However, nearly half the country is still 10 years behind the times, says cardiologist Joshua S. Yamamoto, medical director at Foxhall Medicine in Washington, DC.

According to Dr. Yamamoto, the four major advancements everyone should know about are—

  1. The implantable cardiac monitor (made by Abbott/St Jude), which is a paper-clip-sized micro-chip that continuously monitors your heart and remotely alerts your doctor about significant irregularities.  “This is truly superior to the clunky wearable gear from the past,” says Dr. Yamamoto. As of 2019, it’s Medicare-approved for in-office insertion.  No preparation necessary.
  2. “DOACs,” Direct Oral Anti Coagulants.  This new class of “stroke prevention medications” is a million miles ahead of the old meds, like Warfarin/Coumadin.  This is not your Father’s Oldsmobile! The new meds are revolutionary. Here are the main benefits
    • Superior at preventing strokes
    • Lower bleeding complications
    • Have a stable dose that doesn’t require lab tests or constant adjustments (Nearly half the people taking Coumadin are not on the right dose, especially as the dose can change from week to week depending on your diet)
    • Starts immediately and stops or can be turned off quickly (Warfarin takes days to start and days to “reverse”)
    • Excellent absorption and efficacy with once-daily dosing
    • The only medications that prevent strokes for both atrial fibrillation AND arterial disease
  3. High resolution ultrasound (like for carotid studies) are much better than old-school imaging and can show disease progression. “In other words,” says Yamamoto, “this tech will let you know not just when to start treatment, but whether the treatment you are on is working well enough (for you) – all non-invasively and without radiation.”
  4. Functional testing, i.e., an exercise echocardiogram is an improvement on standard stress testing. “It is never just a pass/fail prospect. It tells you how effective your current therapy is and enables you to make adjustments.”  You don’t have to be an elite athlete to have a functional test, and again, there’s no invasive procedures, dye, injections or radiation.

Premiere Alert!

Title: Complex x Fuse

Talent Featured: A$AP Rocky, Hannibal Buress, Marlon Wayans and Lil Yachty

Airdate: Wednesday, June 13th at 11 p.m. ET / PT

TUNE-IN: A$AP Rocky dives deep into his new experimental and personal album, Testing, and his influence on the next generation of hip hop stars, and comedian Hannibal Buress discusses 2 Broke Girls, The Eric Andre Show and more on an all-new Complex x Fuse this Wednesday, June 13th at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Fuse.

Episode Highlights:

  • Comedian Hannibal Buress (2 Broke Girls) tries unconventional techniques to survive the wings of death on First We Feast’s Hot Ones, while host Sean Evans gets his take on The Eric Andre Show and his unusual rap career. Plus, Marlon Wayans appears on Delete Your History.
  • Rapper and model A$AP Rocky reveals what he did to make his new album, Testing, blow up in one week. Later, take a look inside Grammy-nominated rapper Lil Yachty’s closet.

ABOUT: Complex x Fuse features exclusive first-looks of athletes and celebrities eating killer food, answering burning questions, and revealing the secrets behind the hottest kicks. The weekly Complex-branded block features first-run segments from Complex’s core slate of more than 20 digital shows including signature series like First We Feast’s Hot Ones, Sneaker Shopping and Everyday Struggle.