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Stroke After Heart Attack: Danger May Persist for Months

Posted 1 day ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 22, 2018 – After a heart attack, your risk for a stroke is elevated longer than previously believed, preliminary results of a new study suggest. "A heart attack is a risk factor for stroke for at least three months," said researcher Dr. Alexander Merkler, an assistant professor of neurology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. "That's big news because all the data we ...

'Culturally Tailored' Program Helps Hispanics Cut Stroke Risk

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 – A program to teach Hispanic stroke patients skills to lower their blood pressure and reduce their risk of another stroke was a big success, according to a new study. The study included 552 white, black and Hispanic stroke patients from four New York City hospitals. All were randomly assigned either to a control group that received usual discharge instructions and stroke ...

AHA: Stroke Care Gains in Puerto Rico Falter After Hurricane Maria

Posted 14 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (American Heart Association) – A project aimed at improving the inequalities in stroke care between Puerto Rico and the mainland did just that – until Hurricane Maria roared ashore last September and further hobbled the territory's already inadequate health care system, experts say. Researchers at the University of Miami started the Florida-Puerto Rico Collaboration to ...

How Much He Sleeps May Affect His Stroke Risk

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 – Getting too little or too much sleep can affect stroke risk, depending on a man's race, researchers say. "These results suggest that short and long sleep duration may have different consequences for people depending on race and sex," said study author Virginia Howard, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Short sleep was defined as six hours or less; long sleep ...

AHA: Missouri Woman Puts Health First After AFib Diagnosis

Posted 25 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Alice Hinrichs woke up feeling miserable. She was exhausted, nauseated and her left arm hurt. She thought she was sick, so she called her doctor's office for an appointment. Instead, her doctor urged her to go to a hospital in case her symptoms were warnings for a heart attack. There, she was stunned to learn she had several serious health ...

Fitter Folks Suffer Milder Strokes: Study

Posted 19 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 – It's well-known that regular exercise can help cut your risk for a stroke. Now, new research shows fitness may have an added bonus, cutting the severity of a stroke should one occur. So finds a study of more than 900 stroke survivors. It found that fitter people were twice as likely as sedentary folk to have a mild stroke rather than a severe one. And there was no ...

Blood Infection Sepsis Tied to Heart Attack, Stroke

Posted 10 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 10, 2018 – Survivors of serious bloodstream infections called sepsis are at increased risk for stroke and heart attack for four weeks after leaving the hospital, a new study finds. The study included roughly 42,300 sepsis patients in Taiwan. Of those, 22 percent died within 30 days of hospital admission. Among the survivors, 1,012 had a cardiovascular event, 831 had a stroke and ...

Is Dairy Due for a 'Heart Health Makeover'?

Posted 28 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 – For years, nutritionists have warned Americans to minimize dairy in their diets, especially high-fat dairy products. But new research involving 24,000 U.S. adults suggests milk and milk-derived products don't pose the dire health risks suggested by prior research, and maybe those old warnings should be relaxed. "In light of the protective effects of dairy products, ...

Breastfeeding Bonus: Lower Stroke Risk for Mom Years Later

Posted 22 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 – There are a host of health benefits that breastfeeding brings to a baby, but a new study suggests it may also lower a mom's stroke risk later in life. The research found that women who breastfeed have a 23 percent lower risk of stroke after menopause. The link was even stronger among black women, who had a 48 percent lower risk of postmenopausal stroke. The study also ...

AHA: Wildfire Smoke Threatens Health of Those Near and Far

Posted 15 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 15, 2018 (American Heart Association) – More than 100 wildfires are blazing through parts of the western United States, including one in California that has grown to become the largest fire in the state's history. Fires that vast have created logistical nightmares and health concerns for residents within their reach, as well as the firefighters working around the clock to ...

AHA: After Mini-Stroke at 41, She's on a Mission to Educate Others

Posted 14 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 (American Heart Association) – During a meeting in their Manhattan office, Stacy Quinn was trying to tell her supervisor, "Gill is working on the project." "Are you OK?" her boss said, having heard Quinn utter an unintelligible slur. Quinn said she was fine, although she knew that wasn't totally true. That morning in December 2014, she'd experienced, "the worst headache of ...

AHA: A Better Way to Predict Heart Attacks and Strokes … in Space

Posted 31 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 31, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Researchers may have developed a more reliable way to predict the risk of heart attack and stroke in astronauts – and the technique may eventually help gauge the same danger for regular folks on Earth, too. NASA astronauts currently undergo a special screening method that scans coronary arteries for a buildup of calcified plaque. This ...

AHA: Stroke Survivor's Tattoo Gets People Talking

Posted 19 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 ...

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