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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

  • FDA Panel: Limit Testosterone Drug Use

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — There is little evidence that testosterone replacement therapy effectively treats normally sagging levels of the hormone in aging American males, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel said Wednesday. The panel, from two key FDA committees, overwhelmingly voted, 20-1, to tighten use of the [...]

  • FDA to Probe Testosterone Therapy Claims, Safety

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is focusing on the “Low T” fad, questioning whether the boom in testosterone replacement therapy is helping or harming the health of aging American males. At a joint meeting scheduled for Sept. 17-18, two key FDA committees will discuss whether [...]

  • Heart Attack Patients Face Greater Death Risk if Any Treatment Step Missed: Study

    MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People who’ve had a heart attack are at greater risk of death if even one of nine critical steps in their treatment is missed, according to a new study. Researchers in the United Kingdom noted patients who missed a part of their treatment early on, such as an [...]

  • Study Links Potassium to Fewer Strokes in Older Women

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Could eating foods rich in potassium, such as bananas and potatoes, help lower the risk of stroke and an earlier death for older women? Possibly, suggest the findings from a new study. But the research is too preliminary to confirm that potassium alone — and not [...]

  • Diet, Exercise Counseling Urged for Overweight Americans With Heart Risks

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Overweight Americans with risk factors for heart disease should be offered “intensive” counseling on diet and exercise, according to new guidelines released this week. The recommendations come from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel that reviews medical research and makes recommendations on preventive [...]

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