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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

  • Stand, Don’t Sit, to Get Healthier, Scientists Say

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Sitting too long may be hazardous to your health, even if you exercise regularly, Australian researchers report. A new study found that sitting appears to be linked to increased blood sugar and cholesterol levels, which can lead to added weight, diabetes and heart ills. But standing [...]

  • Older Smokers With Migraines May Face Added Stroke Risk

    THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Older smokers who experience migraines appear to be at increased risk of stroke, a new study suggests. The study included nearly 1,300 people, average age 68, who suffered migraine headaches with and without aura. Migraine with aura is a migraine that’s preceded or accompanied by visual effects such as [...]

  • Implanted Defibrillators Restore Healthy Heart Function to Many: Study

    WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many heart patients are advised to receive an implanted cardiac defibrillator to keep their heart functioning properly. Now, a new study of 1,200 people shows that, in many cases, these devices do their job very well. Within a few years of receiving a defibrillator, heart function in one in [...]

  • Big Swings in Blood Pressure Could Spell Trouble

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Wide blood pressure fluctuations may signal an increased risk of heart disease and early death, researchers say. The large study of people taking blood pressure medication found that variations of more than 14 mm Hg in systolic blood pressure readings between doctor visits was linked to [...]

  • FDA OKs First of New Class of Cholesterol Drugs

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Praluent, the first of a powerful new class of injected, cholesterol-lowering drugs that experts believe could change cardiovascular care. Praluent (alirocumab) sharply cuts levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and is one of a group of newly [...]

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