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Stroke

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 treatment—within three hours of the first symptom—is 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.

Stroke News

  • Rapid Response Guidelines May Improve Children’s Stroke Care

    THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A rapid response plan for children who visit the emergency room with stroke-like symptoms can help doctors make a faster diagnosis, new research suggests. “Just as there are rapid response processes for adults with a possible stroke, there should be a rapid response process for children with a possible [...]

  • Many Americans Trying to Cut Their Salt Intake: CDC

    THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Worried about links between high daily salt intake, high blood pressure and stroke, half of American adults questioned in a recent poll say they’ve tried to cut back on sodium. The survey of more than 180,000 people from 26 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., found — perhaps [...]

  • Menopausal Women at Lower Heart Risk Than Men of Similar Age

    By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Menopause is commonly considered a risk factor for heart disease, as the protective effect of estrogen declines. However, in a new study, researchers found that postmenopausal women had a lower risk of dying from heart attack than did men of similar ages. “Women have lower cardiovascular [...]

  • White Men May Get Better Treatment for Abnormal Heartbeat

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women, Hispanics and blacks are less likely than white men to receive optimal treatment for atrial fibrillation in the United States, researchers say. The study of more than a half-million Medicare patients found that women with this abnormal heart rhythm are less likely than men to [...]

  • Make CPR, Defibrillator Training Mandatory for High School Graduation: Experts

    TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Far too few Americans are surviving cardiac arrest, and a new report issued Tuesday by a federally appointed panel of experts sets out ways to boost survival rates. One recommendation: Make a working knowledge of CPR and the use of an automated electronic defibrillator (AED) a graduation requirement for [...]

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