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

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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

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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

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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 ...

Heart Meds May Be Wrong for Millions of Americans

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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: High-Flying Young Doc Overcomes Stroke That Once Grounded Him

Posted 24 May 2018 by

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Flying at 35,000 feet at the start of a trip from their Chicago home to Hawaii to celebrate the upcoming birth of their first child, Dave Levy woke his sleeping wife and said, "Does my right eye look weird?" Allison Pataki, five months pregnant, replied that his eye was indeed dilated. As an orthopedic resident, Dave realized what to do. "I ...

AHA: Making America's Doctors Look More Like America

Posted 21 May 2018 by

MONDAY, May 21, 2018 (American Heart Association) – When Dr. Luis Castellanos was a resident at UC San Diego School of Medicine, he noticed there weren't many Spanish-speaking physicians on staff, even though Latinos comprise about a third of the city's population. Occasionally, the Mexican-American cardiologist found himself translating for his colleagues – a task that continued when he ...

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 ...

AHA: Therapy Dogs Like Katie Are Good Medicine After Stroke

Posted 27 Apr 2018 by

FRIDAY, April 27, 2018 (American Heart Association) – When Scott Vande Zande had a serious stroke 15 years ago, his beloved golden retriever Hollie was key to his recovery. "I had to learn to speak again, but there were times I couldn't talk," said the Seattle engineer. "I'd come home, and I was so depressed. Then, I'd see Hollie, and it took a lot of the grief away. She was just a godsend." ...

TNKase (Tenecteplase): A Better Clot-Buster Drug for Strokes?

Posted 26 Apr 2018 by

THURSDAY, April 26, 2018 – After a stroke, many patients are given the clot-busting intravenous drug alteplase, but another drug may be more effective, Australian researchers report. Among more than 200 stroke victims, TNKase (tenecteplase) was about twice as effective as alteplase in restoring blood flow to the brain, and it also resulted in less disability, the scientists found. "Tenecteplase ...

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