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.
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By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Every minute counts for stroke victims who need clot-busting medications quickly to restore blood flow to their brain and prevent further damage. Now, new efforts to hasten treatment in both ambulances and emergency rooms appear to have significantly improved patients’ chances of survival and limited their [...]
By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — An occasional glass of wine might help keep your kidneys healthy, new research suggests. And for those who already have kidney disease, which puts one at higher risk for cardiovascular problems, moderate wine drinking might help the heart, the researchers added. “Those [with healthy kidneys] who drank [...]
TUESDAY, April 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People with abnormal connections between arteries and veins in the brain may be less likely to suffer a stroke or die if they don’t undergo any procedures to correct the problem, new research suggests. The study included 204 patients in Scotland who had these types of abnormal connections — [...]
MONDAY, April 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Blockage of the carotid artery in the neck appears to increase the odds for memory and thinking problems, a new study indicates. The researchers said their findings suggest more aggressive treatment might be needed for people with this condition, which is caused by plaque buildup in the artery. The [...]