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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

  • Average New Yorker Sits 7 Hours Each Day: Study

    THURSDAY, May 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — They may live in the “City That Never Sleeps,” but most New Yorkers still sit around a lot — an average of seven hours every day, a new study shows. That estimate may be low, the study authors added, because the data was largely based on what people [...]

  • Poorer Blacks May Face Higher Odds of Heart Disease

    By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Poorer black people under age 50 are more than three times as likely to have a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular ailment as black people with the highest wealth, a new study suggests. Analyzing data from more than 5,300 black Americans, researchers also found that [...]

  • Don’t Give Heart-Healthy Patients Blood Pressure Drugs Before Surgery: Study

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new study questions the practice of giving heart-healthy patients blood pressure drugs before surgeries that do not involve the heart. While patients with three or four heart risk factors should still be given beta-blockers before an operation, people with no risk for heart disease shouldn’t [...]

  • The Facts About Newer Birth Control Pills and Blood Clot Risk

    Newer forms of the birth control pill—brands such as Yaz, Yasmin and Desogen—are more likely to cause blood clots than older versions, a new study finds.

  • COPD Raises Cardiac Death Risk for Those With Irregular Heartbeat

    WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) increases the risk of all-cause and heart-related death in people with the common heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation, a new study finds. However, COPD doesn’t increase the risk of stroke, the researchers said. COPD is a term used to describe the diseases [...]

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