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 treatmentwithin three hours of the first symptomis 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.
TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Young and middle-aged heart attack survivors are more likely to have poor health and low quality of life if they have fewer family and friends to support them in their recovery, a new study suggests. The study included more than 3,400 survivors, aged 18 to 55, who were assessed [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — High doses of fish oil supplements won’t prevent the return of a common type of irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation, Canadian researchers report. In fact, 64.1 percent of those taking fish oil for its omega-3 fatty acids experienced new bouts of atrial fibrillation over the [...]
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People who use painkillers called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — which include aspirin, naproxen (Aleve) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) — may be at increased risk for potentially deadly blood clots, a new study suggests. But the study only showed an association between use of the painkillers and higher clotting [...]
By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People using cholesterol-lowering drugs while in the hospital for a hemorrhagic stroke — which causes bleeding in the brain — were more than four times more likely to survive than people who weren’t taking the drugs, according to a new study. People taking the commonly used [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A six-year study of people with type 2 diabetes found that intensively lowering blood pressure had a long-lasting effect in preventing heart attacks, strokes and deaths. But intensive blood sugar control didn’t produce those benefits, the researchers found. For the study, investigators followed nearly 8,500 participants [...]