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.
WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Regularly checking the pulse of a stroke survivor may help prevent another stroke, researchers report. “Screening pulse is the method of choice for checking for irregular heartbeat for people over age 65 who have never had a stroke. Our study shows it may be a safe, effective, noninvasive and [...]
A diet loaded with salt is associated with double the risk of heart attack or stroke in people with type 2 diabetes.
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Despite recent advances in preventing heart attacks among U.S. seniors, those gains don’t seem to have occurred among middle-aged adults — especially women, a new study reports. Heart attack hospitalization rates among young and middle-aged adults have remained stable during the previous decade, even as seniors [...]
MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People who are older than 65 who’ve had a stroke or heart valve surgery, or who have known blood vessel disease, have an increased risk of stroke after heart surgery, a new study finds. Researchers looked at nearly 109,000 heart surgery patients in the Canadian province of Ontario and [...]
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Niacin, a commonly used cholesterol treatment, doesn’t reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke in people with hardened arteries. What’s more, the drug appears to have dangerous side effects, including a potential increased risk of death, according to new research. A large-scale clinical trial found [...]