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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

  • Heart Attack Patients Treated at Night, Weekends May Have Worse Outcomes

    TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) – The time at which heart attack patients arrive at the hospital may affect their chances for survival, new research suggests. Showing up at the emergency room at night, on weekends or during holidays is associated with a 13 percent higher risk for death than arriving during regular business hours, researchers [...]

  • Routine Pulse Check May Prevent Second Stroke, Study Says

    WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Regularly checking the pulse of a stroke survivor may help prevent another stroke, researchers report. “Screening pulse is the method of choice for checking for irregular heartbeat for people over age 65 who have never had a stroke. Our study shows it may be a safe, effective, noninvasive and [...]

  • Why Too Much Salt Could Be Extra Harmful For Diabetics

    A diet loaded with salt is associated with double the risk of heart attack or stroke in people with type 2 diabetes.

  • No Change in Heart Attack Rates for Younger U.S. Adults

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Despite recent advances in preventing heart attacks among U.S. seniors, those gains don’t seem to have occurred among middle-aged adults — especially women, a new study reports. Heart attack hospitalization rates among young and middle-aged adults have remained stable during the previous decade, even as seniors [...]

  • Irregular Heart Rhythm Ups Stroke Risk Soon After Heart Surgery

    MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People who are older than 65 who’ve had a stroke or heart valve surgery, or who have known blood vessel disease, have an increased risk of stroke after heart surgery, a new study finds. Researchers looked at nearly 109,000 heart surgery patients in the Canadian province of Ontario and [...]

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