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AHA: Stroke Survivor's Tattoo Gets People Talking

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THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Scars are a natural sign of healing, but not every physical trauma leaves a visible reminder. The only outward sign that 27-year-old Skylar Doerwaldt is a stroke survivor is of her choosing: a tattoo on her left forearm. The dark, jagged lines represent the arteries in her neck. It's a copy of the magnetic resonance angiography scan taken ...

AHA: A Daughter's School Lesson Helped Save a Mom's Life

Posted 20 Jun 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Christa Murphy was in the bathroom getting ready for work, yet the routine wasn't going like it should. She kept dropping the soap in the shower. She squeezed globs of toothpaste out of the tube, seemingly everywhere but onto the bristles of her brush. "I started to feel really strange," she said. "But I didn't feel sick. I didn't have a ...

Enlist a Pharmacist to Help Manage High Blood Pressure

Posted 20 Jun 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 – High blood pressure is one of the biggest risk factors for heart disease and stroke, yet has no symptoms of its own. That's why having your blood pressure checked regularly is a must, as is controlling it if it's high. But identifying the right high blood pressure drugs can be a challenge. According to research from the University of Iowa, having a pharmacist on your ...

AHA: New Insights Into Sickle Cell and Stroke Risk

Posted 19 Jun 2018 by

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Sickle cell disease increases the risk of stroke for African Americans – but recent research shows carrying the genetic trait for sickle cell doesn't. It's a new layer on the study and treatment of these inherited conditions affecting red blood cells, and experts say it should prompt doctors to dig deeper. Past studies have suggested there ...

Mediterranean Diet Scores Again for Heart Health

Posted 14 Jun 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, June 13, 2018 – Eating a Mediterranean diet rich in healthy fats from olive oil and nuts provides better protection against heart attack and stroke than a low-fat diet, a new Spanish trial has shown. "Extensive research has found a significant benefit of eating a Mediterranean diet, and separate research has shown a significant benefit to the consumption of nuts, particularly walnuts, ...

New Blood Pressure Rules Could Prevent Many 2nd Strokes: Study

Posted 7 Jun 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, June 6, 2018 – Treating stroke survivors' blood pressure more aggressively might prevent a substantial number of deaths, a new study estimates. Last year, new guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association lowered the threshold for diagnosing high blood pressure. They said people should consider treatment when their numbers reach 130/80 mm Hg or ...

Heart Meds May Be Wrong for Millions of Americans

Posted 5 Jun 2018 by

MONDAY, June 4, 2018 – Millions of Americans may be getting the wrong treatment to prevent a heart attack or stroke, a new study suggests. Prescriptions for blood-thinning aspirin, cholesterol-lowering statins and blood pressure medications might be incorrect because a tool that estimates risk appears to be off by as much as 20 percent, Stanford University researchers reported. That means almost ...

AHA: Stroke Survivor Vows to 'Live Life Again'

Posted 29 May 2018 by

TUESDAY, May 29, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Last November, two days before Thanksgiving, Gerardo Lucio collapsed after getting off a forklift at work. When he was able to get up, his right arm and leg were weak and he had trouble walking. A nephew he worked with took him to a hospital. "I couldn't believe it," said Lucio. "I didn't know what was happening." The emergency room staffers ...

AHA: Mother of Three Didn't Know What a Stroke Was -- 'Til She Had One

Posted 18 May 2018 by

FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 (American Heart Association) – On the morning of Dec. 24, 2016, Maria Juarez awoke in her San Antonio home with a bad headache. She also noticed something wrong with her hearing – she thought water from the previous night's shower had lodged in her ear. She proceeded to make breakfast for her three young children, but she got dizzy as she tried to lift her 1-year-old ...

AHA: Spotting, Treating Stroke Quickly Was Key to Maine Woman's Survival

Posted 17 May 2018 by

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Before her pre-dawn runs, Sarah Belliveau likes fueling herself with a cup of coffee. The morning of June 15, 2017, she couldn't. She forgot how. "I remember looking at the machine and knowing I needed to push the button," she said, "but there was a disconnect between what my brain was telling me and what my body could do." Moments later, ...

Scans Can Tell How Long Ago a Stroke Occurred

Posted 17 May 2018 by

THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 – A new MRI scanning technique can help doctors better nail down when a person has suffered a stroke and whether clot-busting drugs will help preserve their brain. This technique could save the brains of some people who suffer "wake-up" strokes, where symptoms become apparent after they wake from a night's sleep, said lead researcher Dr. Gotz Thomalla, a neurologist with ...

What You Need to Know About Strokes

Posted 13 May 2018 by

SATURDAY, May 12, 2018 – Stroke is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, but a lack of awareness and resources hinder efforts to change that, the American Stroke Association says. "We must aggressively continue our efforts to reduce stroke, especially in multicultural communities, and to reach people at younger ages," said Dr. Mitchell Elkind, a professor of neurology and ...

AHA: Poverty Levels Key to States' Performance on Heart Disease

Posted 4 May 2018 by

FRIDAY, May 4, 2018 (American Heart Association) – State-by-state disparities in heart disease and stroke are rooted in the economic health of communities and the people who live in them, according to an analysis of a report tracking the impact of cardiovascular disease across the country. Despite a 38 percent overall drop in cardiovascular disease in the U.S. from 1990-2016, some states ...

AHA: Paramedics Break Down Door to Save 28-Year-Old Having Stroke

Posted 3 May 2018 by

THURSDAY, May 3, 2018 (American Heart Association) – When Kevin Duane saw his wife Alyssa sprawled on the floor of their kitchen, surrounded by an EMT crew, he feared she had been attacked in a home invasion. The large goose egg on her forehead prompted police to suspect she was a victim of domestic abuse. Actually, Alyssa was having a stroke. It was around 11 a.m. on July 13, 2017. Alyssa had ...

Could Time in a Sauna Lower Your Stroke Risk?

Posted 3 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 2, 2018 – Older adults who like to bask in the heat of a sauna may be less likely to suffer a stroke, a new study suggests. The study, of more than 1,600 Finnish adults, found that those who hit the sauna at least four times a week were about 60 percent less likely to suffer a stroke over the next 15 years – versus people who had only one weekly sauna session. Finland is the ...

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