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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

  • Your Heart Is Likely ‘Older’ Than You Are

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Three out of four American adults have a heart that’s “older” than their years, raising their risk for heart attack or stroke, federal health officials said Tuesday. Your “heart age” is based on a risk profile that includes blood pressure, smoking history, diabetes and body mass [...]

  • Blood Pressure May Be Key to Brain Hemorrhage Recurrence

    TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People who survive a brain hemorrhage, also known as a bleeding stroke, may be at higher risk for another one if they don’t control their blood pressure, a new study warns. “Survivors are at high risk for recurrence and [the findings] support the hypothesis that aggressive blood pressure control [...]

  • Secondhand Smoke in Pregnancy, Youth Tied to Irregular Heartbeat Years Later

    By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People seem more likely to have atrial fibrillation as adults if they were exposed to secondhand cigarette smoke during childhood or while in the womb, new research suggests. Atrial fibrillation is a common type of irregular heart rate in which the heart beats too fast, too [...]

  • Could Lots of Coffee Up Heart Risks for Young Adults With High Blood Pressure?

    MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Bad news for young coffee lovers: Gulping down lots of your favorite pick-me-up might raise your risk of heart attack if you’ve already got high blood pressure, a new study suggests. Italian investigators looked at 12 years of heart health data for a group of about 1,200 adults [...]

  • Cold Weather May Up Risk of Stroke, Severe Heart Attack for Some

    MONDAY, Aug. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The onset of cold weather is clearly a bummer for beach lovers, but two new studies suggest that it may actually pose health risks for some. One investigation, out of Taiwan, has identified a link between cold weather and a heightened risk of stroke for patients with atrial fibrillation, [...]

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