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 Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, April 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Slightly more than half of middle-aged adults and seniors in the United States take aspirin daily to prevent heart attack, stroke or other serious illnesses, a new survey has found. Leading medical associations recommend use of low-dose aspirin mainly to prevent a second heart attack or [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Long-term exposure to tiny particles of air pollution may be linked to subtle changes in the brain that could lead to thinking and memory problems, a new study suggests. These fine particles, smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter (much smaller than a pinhead), are released by [...]
MONDAY, April 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The American Heart Association has issued its first-ever guidelines regarding life for patients older than 40 who were born with heart disease. There are now more adults with congenital heart disease than children with the disease, Dr. Ami Bhatt, lead author of the recommendations, said in an AHA statement. “These [...]
THURSDAY, April 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Genes may play a role in cardiac arrest risk among kidney patients who are on dialysis, new research suggests. In a study of pairs of kidney patients who were on dialysis, the risk of cardiac arrest was 70 percent higher in the pairs where the two patients were blood [...]
By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People who divorce face a higher risk of suffering a heart attack than those who remain in wedded bliss, but remarriage may not be the remedy, at least not for women, a new study suggests. Duke University researchers found that among nearly 16,000 U.S. adults followed [...]