Mark Alberts

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Recent Study Shows Pregnant Woman are More at Risk for Strokes

While picking out baby booties and nursery color schemes, mothers-to-be should also be paying attention to the effects their pregnancy is having on their body, some of which could be life-threatening. Dr. Mark Alberts, physician-in-chief of the Ayer Neuroscience Institute at Hartford HealthCare, reported out of the recent annual meeting...


Luke Perry’s Death Raises Questions About Stroke. We Have Answers.

Actor Luke Perry’s death at age 52 is raising questions about stroke, including its signs and symptoms. Hartford HealthCare’s Dr. Mark Alberts, medical director of the Ayer Neuroscience Institute, has the information you need to act F.A.S.T. if you suspect a stroke is underway. Q: How common is it for...

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Weight Loss Surgery: Can Success Be Predicted?

Weight loss surgery has become an effective tool in treating obesity, especially in people who have not benefitted from diet and exercise. Along with reduced weight – about 30 percent on average – there is improved health for many who undergo this surgery: lowered blood pressure, reduced sleep apnea and...


Hartford Hospital Approved for New Medication to Treat Brain Hemorrhages

Hartford Hospital is the only hospital in the state to be approved for a new medication to treat brain hemorrhages or bleeding related to the use of certain blood thinners. Dr. Mark Alberts, Physician in Chief of the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute and Chief of Neurology at Hartford Hospital explains the...

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DAWN Protocols are Revolutionizing Stroke Treatment and Care

DAWN is a groundbreaking study that is changing the way doctors are treating people who have had strokes. Dr. Mark Alberts is the physician-in-chief at the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute with details. Q.  What do these protocols mean for stroke patients?  A.  This new study (called the DAWN Trial...

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Gronkowski’s Concussion: Is it Really Time to Quit?

Rob Gronkowski, maybe the NFL’s most unpredictable player, did not deny a report he might be considering retirement after New England’s 41-33 loss to the underdog Philadelphia Eagles Feb. 4  in Super Bowl LII. Gronk being Gronk? Maybe a strategic move, at age 28, to entice a lucrative restructuring of...

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NFL Injury Report: Rob Gronkowski’s Concussion

Our weekly NFL report evaluates injuries to players of local (Patriots, Giants and Jets) or national interest with commentary by a sports medicine specialist from the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital. Player: Rob Gronkowski, Patriots tight end. Injury: Concussion. How it happened: Gronkowski was hit by Jacksonville...


Possible Breakthrough in Detecting CTE in Living Patients

Researchers at the Boston University CTE Center announced recently what they believe is a major breakthrough in the detection of the neurodegenerative disease found in people with repeated head injuries. According to a new study, researchers now believe they may have found a way to detect chronic traumatic encephalopathy in...


Football And Brain Damage: The Study That Shook The Sport

Will the ominous study published in July by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that suggested regular hits to the head can cause a degenerative brain disease, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), change the way football players and the game’s fans approach the upcoming season? Probably not. John Urschel, a Baltimore...