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AHA: Young Golfer Returns to Sport He Loves After Stroke

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7, 2018 (American Heart Association) – After stepping out of his golf cart on the 18th fairway, Andrew Lask Jr. felt dizzy and wobbled a bit. He was playing a charity event at Tamarack Country Club in Greenwich, Conn., where, at age 25, Lask was their youngest teaching professional. He tried to focus, but when he looked down at the ball, he became even dizzier. "My playing ...

High Blood Pressure in Young Adults Tied to Earlier Strokes

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 – Two new studies suggest that when people under 40 develop high blood pressure, their risk of early heart disease and stroke go up significantly. The first study found that in a group of about 5,000 young American adults, having high blood pressure was linked to as much as a 3.5 times higher risk of heart disease and stroke. The second study looked at nearly 2.5 million ...

Vaccine to Stop Recurrent Strokes Shows Promise in Mice

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 29, 2018 – Stroke remains a major killer. But could a simple vaccine help prevent a recurrence in stroke survivors someday? That's the promise from new Japanese research conducted in mice. A vaccine that would replace or be used alongside standard heart pills might help prevent secondary strokes and possibly heart attacks, saving many lives, said study co-author Dr. Hironori ...

Stroke After Heart Attack: Danger May Persist for Months

Posted 22 Oct 2018 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 ...

AHA: The Heart Problem This Stroke, Bypass Surgery Survivor Wasn't Expecting

Posted 22 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 22, 2018 (American Heart Association) – When Tom Broussard came out of quadruple heart bypass surgery, the then-59-year-old was just glad to have avoided a heart attack. So he didn't give much thought to the heart valve that surgeons replaced at the same time. "I figured everything was fixed and didn't need to worry about it," Broussard said of the 2011 procedures. A few months ...

Metformin Might Help Shield the Heart From Smog's Ill Effects

Posted 12 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 – The diabetes drug metformin may offer protection from heart attacks caused by smog, preliminary research suggests. Working with human lung tissue and mice, Northwestern University researchers found that metformin reduces pollution-triggered inflammation linked to heart attack and stroke. "These findings suggest metformin as a potential therapy to prevent some of the ...

'Culturally Tailored' Program Helps Hispanics Cut Stroke Risk

Posted 11 Oct 2018 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 9 Oct 2018 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 3 Oct 2018 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 ...

Mediterranean Diet May Cut Stroke Risk for Women, But Not Men

Posted 20 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 – The Mediterranean diet may do more than help you reach and maintain a healthy weight: New research suggests that women who follow it also lower their stroke risk. But men did not reap the same benefit from the diet, which concentrates on fish, fruits, nuts, vegetables and beans, and avoids meat and dairy products. "Simple changes in dietary habits may bring a ...

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 ...

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: 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 ...

Health Tip: Use a Blood Thinner Safely

Posted 2 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

-- More than 2 million people take a blood thinner regularly, the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality says. The medication is prescribed to help prevent blood clots. They put you at greater risk of heart attack and stroke. The agency suggests: Always take a blood thinner as directed by your doctor. Never skip a dose or double up on a dose. Use a pill box each day to help you remember ...

Health Tip: Use a Blood Thinner Safely

Posted 2 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

-- More than 2 million people take a blood thinner regularly, the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality says. The medication is prescribed to help prevent blood clots. They put you at greater risk of heart attack and stroke. The agency suggests: Always take a blood thinner as directed by your doctor. Never skip a dose or double up on a dose. Use a pill box each day to help you remember ...

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