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.
THURSDAY, May 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — They may live in the “City That Never Sleeps,” but most New Yorkers still sit around a lot — an average of seven hours every day, a new study shows. That estimate may be low, the study authors added, because the data was largely based on what people [...]
By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Poorer black people under age 50 are more than three times as likely to have a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular ailment as black people with the highest wealth, a new study suggests. Analyzing data from more than 5,300 black Americans, researchers also found that [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new study questions the practice of giving heart-healthy patients blood pressure drugs before surgeries that do not involve the heart. While patients with three or four heart risk factors should still be given beta-blockers before an operation, people with no risk for heart disease shouldn’t [...]
Newer forms of the birth control pill—brands such as Yaz, Yasmin and Desogen—are more likely to cause blood clots than older versions, a new study finds.
WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) increases the risk of all-cause and heart-related death in people with the common heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation, a new study finds. However, COPD doesn’t increase the risk of stroke, the researchers said. COPD is a term used to describe the diseases [...]