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

Posted 3 days ago 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 ...

Mediterranean Diet Scores Again for Heart Health

Posted 14 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 ...

AHA: Stroke Survivor Vows to 'Live Life Again'

Posted 29 May 2018 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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

Posted 18 May 2018 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 ...

After 'Mini-Stroke,' Drug Combo (Aspirin Plus Clopidogrel) Could Help Cut Odds for Major Attack

Posted 16 May 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 16, 2018 – A dual-drug approach after a "mini-stroke" might maximize a person's odds of avoiding a more major stroke in the months after, research shows. Minor strokes and events known as "transient ischemic attacks" (TIA), or mini-strokes, are warning signs that people have an up to 15 percent chance of having a more severe stroke during the next three months, explained a team ...

Could Time in a Sauna Lower Your Stroke Risk?

Posted 3 May 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

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

Posted 26 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Magnetic Heart Pump Cuts Risk of Blood Clots, Stroke in Study

Posted 11 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, March 11, 2018 – A new heart pump cuts the risk of blood clots and stroke in patients with heart failure, research funded by the device maker shows. The study included 366 patients who received either Abbott Inc.'s HeartMate 3 left ventricular assist device or the HeartMate II. Two years after getting the devices, 151 of the 190 patients (79.5 percent) who got the HeartMate 3 had not ...

As Stroke 'Liquefies' Brain Tissue, Lasting Harm May Spread

Posted 23 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 – Brain tissue damaged by a stroke can liquefy, become toxic and then harm remaining healthy parts of the brain – possibly causing dementia, new research in mice suggests. "Most people probably assume that the brain heals in the same way as other tissues, but it doesn't," researcher Kristian Doyle said in a news release from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in ...

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