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.
By Rosemary BlackHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Some people who develop recurring kidney stones may also have high levels of calcium deposits in their blood vessels, and that could explain their increased risk for heart disease, new research suggests. “It’s becoming clear that having kidney stones is a bit like having raised blood [...]
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Too much alcohol in middle age can increase your stroke risk as much as high blood pressure or diabetes, a new study suggests. People who average more than two drinks a day have a 34 percent higher risk of stroke compared to those whose daily average [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — If all Americans had their high blood pressure controlled, 56,000 fewer heart attacks and strokes would occur each year. And 13,000 fewer people would die — without increasing health costs, a new study claims. However, 44 percent of U.S. adults with elevated blood pressure do [...]
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Automated external defibrillators — the kind that are installed and ready for use in many public spaces — can save lives when needed. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that since 2005, it has also received 72,000 reports of the devices failing. The agency said that, based [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Young and middle-aged adults with high systolic blood pressure — the top number in the blood pressure reading — may have an increased risk for heart disease, a new study suggests. “High blood pressure becomes increasingly common with age. However, it does occur in younger adults, [...]