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.
Along with reducing your flu risk, a flu shot may protect you from a common heart rhythm disorder that significantly increases stroke risk.
MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The brain relies on several areas on the left side (hemisphere) of the brain to spell words, a new study says. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore pinpointed these regions by studying the brains of 33 stroke patients who lost the ability to spell. Their spelling struggles were [...]
THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Depression increases the risk of heart disease and stroke in older adults, a new study indicates. The researchers looked at more than 7,300 seniors in France with no history of heart disease, stroke or dementia at the start of the study period. Participants were assessed again two, four and [...]
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Scientists continue to debate when doctors should prescribe blood pressure medication for older Americans, with a new study saying delayed treatment puts people at greater risk of stroke. For people 60 and older, a U.S. panel in 2014 recommended raising the blood pressure rate at which [...]
MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Being in good shape may improve a person’s chances of surviving a first heart attack, a new study indicates. “We knew that fitter people generally live longer, but we now have evidence linking fitness to survival after a first heart attack,” said study author Dr. Michael Blaha. He is [...]