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

Posted 2 days 17 hours ago 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 ...

Mediterranean Diet Scores Again for Heart Health

Posted 9 days ago 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, ...

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: Making America's Doctors Look More Like America

Posted 21 May 2018 by Drugs.com

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 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 ...

What You Need to Know About Strokes

Posted 13 May 2018 by Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 Drugs.com

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 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 ...

AHA: Therapy Dogs Like Katie Are Good Medicine After Stroke

Posted 27 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

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 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 ...

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