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Stroke

A stroke is a reduction in blood supply to the brain due to a blockage (80% of strokes), which is usually a blood clot, or bleeding in the brain (20% of strokes). Rapid treatment—within three hours of the first symptom—is crucial. If blood supply is quickly restored, it may prevent permanent brain damage. Stroke symptoms come on suddenly and include trouble speaking; confusion; weakness, numbness, or paralysis on one side of the face or body; vision problems; severe headache; or trouble with walking or balance. Call 911 if you or someone else has these symptoms.

Stroke News

  • Can You Balance on One Leg? You May Have Lower Stroke Risk

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — If you can’t balance on one leg for at least 20 seconds you may be at risk of a stroke, Japanese researchers suggest. Difficulty standing on one leg may indicate that small strokes or tiny bleeds have already occurred, which means the risk for more serious [...]

  • Global Life Expectancy Continues to Climb

    WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People around the world are living much longer than they did a few decades ago, a new study indicates. Worldwide life expectancy rose from 65.3 years in 1990 to 71.5 years in 2013, but women had slightly greater gains than men. During that time, life expectancy at birth increased [...]

  • Only 4 in 10 Americans Eat Heart-Healthy Nuts Each Day, CDC Says

    WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Nutrition experts advocate including nuts in a heart-healthy diet, but a new study finds that about 60 percent of Americans don’t consume these foods on a daily basis. The study, released Dec. 17 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the NCHS Data Brief, found that [...]

  • Stent Treatment May Lower Stroke Disability

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Using a stent to capture and remove a stroke-causing blood clot is safe and improves recovery, Dutch researchers report. About one-third of patients who had the procedure — called intraarterial treatment — recovered from their stroke with only slight disability and were able to care [...]

  • How the Timing of Your First Period May Affect Your Heart Disease Risk

    The timing of a woman’s first period may be linked to her later risk of heart disease, British researchers report.

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