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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

  • Exercise May Guard Against Irregular Heartbeat in Older Women

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Regular exercise may help older women avoid a condition that causes a life-threatening irregular heartbeat, a new study shows. Physically active postmenopausal women had a 10 percent lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation, compared to women who were more sedentary, researchers report in the Aug. 20 [...]

  • Study Ties Colds, Flu to Rare Risk of Stroke in Kids

    By Barbara Bronson GrayHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Although it’s extremely rare, colds, flu and other minor infections might trigger a strong but brief period of elevated risk for stroke in children, a new study suggests. Just five out of 100,000 children a year have a stroke in the United States, said [...]

  • Antibiotic Might Raise Heart Risks for Some

    Taking the widely used antibiotic clarithromycin may boost some patients’ odds of dying from heart-related causes, a new study suggests.

  • Severe Sleep Apnea May Boost Odds for Stubborn High Blood Pressure

    FRIDAY, Aug. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Severe sleep apnea may raise the risk of high blood pressure that’s resistant to drug treatment, a new study finds. Researchers tracked outcomes for patients with moderate or severe sleep apnea, as well as heart disease or heart disease risk factors. All of the patients had been prescribed at [...]

  • Less Educated Smokers at Greatest Risk for Stroke, Study Finds

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Among smokers, those with the least education are at the greatest risk for stroke, Danish researchers report. “The combined effect of low educational level and smoking on the risk of stroke is the most surprising finding of our paper,” said study author Helene Nordahl, an epidemiologist [...]

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