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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]