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Insights Into Women and Stroke Risk

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TUESDAY, Dec. 11, 2018 – You might be surprised to learn that stroke is the number three killer of women. Women and men have many of the same risk factors for stroke, but some – like high blood pressure, migraine with aura, diabetes and stress – tend to be stronger or more common in women. Your risk is also influenced by hormones, reproductive health and other sex-related factors. These recent ...

FDA Warns of Rare Stroke Risk With MS Drug Lemtrada (Alemtuzumab)

Posted 8 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 – A new warning has been added to the multiple sclerosis drug Lemtrada (alemtuzumab) after rare reports of patients suffering strokes and tears in the lining of the arteries in the head and neck, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. Most patients with these problems – which can lead to permanent disability and death – developed symptoms within a day of receiving ...

AHA: Warm, Wet Weather Linked to Better Outcomes for Stroke Survivors

Posted 17 Nov 2018 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Rainy days may bring a lot more than relief from summer heat – they also are connected to better survival chances and overall outlook for stroke survivors, according to a new study. Researchers examining the connection between strokes and seasonal weather in the United States found that hospital admissions for ischemic strokes, those caused ...

AHA: Young Golfer Returns to Sport He Loves After Stroke

Posted 7 Nov 2018 by

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 ...

One Man's Journey Back From Stroke at 52

Posted 1 Nov 2018 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 – Price Woodward was the picture of health at age 52. He lived an active lifestyle and ran marathons. He was definitely not the type of person you'd expect to have a stroke. But one night, his wife, Tammy, heard a strange noise coming from the other side of the bed. She turned on the light and Price started talking to her, but she couldn't understand what he was saying. ...

Does Stroke Run in Your Family? Healthy Living Lowers the Risk

Posted 25 Oct 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 – Has stroke hit your family particularly hard? A healthy lifestyle may be your best defense, new research shows. The study of more than 306,000 white British people found that exercising, eating right and not smoking lowered stroke risk – even for those whose DNA predisposed them to the attacks. The findings "highlight the potential of lifestyle measures to reduce risk ...

Stroke After Heart Attack: Danger May Persist for Months

Posted 22 Oct 2018 by

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 ...

Stroke Rates Higher Among Pot Users

Posted 19 Oct 2018 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 – As the use of marijuana is growing, with Canada legalizing the drug just this week, a new study that ties pot to a raised risk for stroke might give users pause. The risk for any stroke could increase by 15 percent and it could jump 29 percent for an ischemic stroke – the most common kind, said lead investigator Dr. Krupa Patel. She is a research physician at Avalon ...

AHA: Interpreters Are Key for Stroke Patients Struggling to Understand

Posted 11 Oct 2018 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (American Heart Association) – Before he stood in rooms at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas interpreting between Spanish-speaking patients and English-speaking health care providers, Cruz Ramirez did so informally as a child. When his parents and grandparents couldn't understand a diagnosis or information being delivered by doctors, young Ramirez was the messenger. ...

'Culturally Tailored' Program Helps Hispanics Cut Stroke Risk

Posted 11 Oct 2018 by

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

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 ...

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 ...

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