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With Stroke Comes Higher Dementia Risk: Study

Posted 31 Aug 2018 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 – People who've had a stroke face up to twice the normal risk of dementia, a new review suggests. In what they say is the largest analysis of its kind, British researchers examined 48 studies that included 3.2 million people worldwide. "We found that a history of stroke increases dementia risk by around 70 percent, and recent strokes more than doubled the risk," said ...

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

Posted 14 Aug 2018 by

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: Stroke Survivor's Tattoo Gets People Talking

Posted 19 Jul 2018 by

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

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 14 Jun 2018 by

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

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 ...

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

Posted 16 May 2018 by

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

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 ...

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