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 Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a second drug that’s part of a potent new class of medications that sharply cut levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol. Repatha (evolocumab), an injectable drug, works by blocking a protein that interferes with the liver’s ability to [...]
By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Heart patients on the clot-preventing drug warfarin usually have to stop the medication before having surgery. Now, a new study shows they can safely do that without taking another anti-clotting drug — and they may even be better off. The study, reported in the Aug. 27 [...]
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Childhood cancer survivors who’ve had one stroke are at high risk for having another, a new study says. Researchers analyzed data from more than 14,300 people in the United States and Canada who were diagnosed with childhood cancers between 1970 and 1986 and took part in a long follow-up [...]
TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new study offers more evidence that quitting smoking after a heart attack is a no-brainer: Researchers found it reduces chest pain and boosts mental health and quality of life. The study looked at more than 4,000 American adults who were assessed one, six and 12 months after suffering [...]
MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — There has been a sharp drop in heart disease death rates among Americans 65 and older in recent decades, but declines in death rates are slowing in those younger than 55, particularly women, a new study says. The findings appear Aug. 24 in the journal Circulation. “We think that these [...]