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, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The overall death rate from high blood pressure in the United States has increased 23 percent since 2000, even as the death rate from all other causes has dropped 21 percent, health officials reported Thursday. That spike was seen in both genders and was most [...]
WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A potentially life-threatening slowing of the heart can occur when the common heart drug amiodarone is taken with new hepatitis C medications, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. The dangerous slowing of the heart — called symptomatic bradycardia — can occur when amiodarone is taken with the hepatitis [...]
Air pollution may take a toll not only on physical health, but mental well-being as well, two new studies suggest.
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Using stents rather than medication alone to keep narrowed arteries open in the brain may actually increase patients’ risk of stroke, according to the results of a new trial. The study involved more than 100 patients at risk of stroke because of what’s called [...]
MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Children whose parents smoke may be at greater risk of developing heart disease when they’re adults than children of nonsmoking parents, a new study says. The study included people in Finland whose exposure as children to parents’ smoke was measured in 1980 and 1983. In 2001 and 2007, the [...]