Stroke

Should You Take Blood-Thinning Drugs?

…off, Coumadin has an unparalleled ability to thin the blood and prevent blood clots which can cause strokes. This is especially true if you have mechanical heart valves, suffered an embolic stroke, have atrial fibrillation (AF) or had an extensive heart attack. But, like any drug, Coumadin does have…

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Stroke 101: Risk Factors for Stroke

Strokes go by many names, and there are a couple different kinds but, simply put, a stroke is are a cessation of blood flow somewhere in the brain. The loss of blood supply can last from a few seconds to the rest of your life, and can affect any area of the brain, large or small. In the old days, strokes

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7 Reasons Why Exercise Is More Powerful than a Drug

…you: 1. Lower your stroke risk. In an extensive study reported in JAMA, more than 70,000 nurses ages 40 to 65 without cardiovascular disease or cancer completed detailed physical activity questionnaires, and the results showed walking was associated with reduced risk of stroke. 2. Protect against osteoporosis…

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Signs and Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease

…can also threaten good cholesterol levels and limit your ability to prevent blood clots. Acute stress, such as anger, can cause heart attack and stroke. Oxidative stress. Unchecked free-radical activity accelerates age-related degenerative diseases. Free radicals are generated by smoking, high sugar…

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Quick, Easy Stroke Recognition

…trying to maintain healthy blood pressure levels. Doing this will go a long way toward helping you to avoid a stroke, as well as other cardiovascular problems. For more information on strokes or other cardiovascular problems, visit www.drsinatra.com.

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How To Prevent Stroke

…Americans suffer from a stroke, making it the third leading cause of death in the U.S. About 15 percent of the time, strokes are preceded by an early warning signal called a transient ischemic attack, or “mini-stroke.” After a mini-stroke, the chances of a full-blown stroke occurring within 90 days…

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Debunking the Gluten-Free Myth

…all the well-known causes of heart disease problems swarm to the scene and create the inflammatory mayhem that eventually leads to heart attack and stroke. What’s worse is that excessive sugar consumption can cause weight gain. Weight gain, combined with sustained high insulin levels, can lead to insulin…

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Stroke Risk Factors—Why Younger People Are Having Strokes

…the age of 65 needed to worry about having a stroke. But a study published in the journal Neurology has found reported that 15% of all strokes are now occurring in people between the ages of 15-44. They also reported that hospital discharges for stroke patients in this age range rose from 23% in the…

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Even Mildly High Blood Pressure Ups Stroke Risk, Significantly

…blood pressure can lead to poor heart, kidney, and eye health and increase your chances of having a stroke. Plus, now research shows that even mildly elevated blood pressure puts you in the stroke risk category. To bring you up to date, the American Heart Association, which sets the standard on blood…

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The Most Common Blood Thinners

Blood thinners, particularly Coumadin, prevent strokes by helping to prevent blood clots from forming in the chambers of the heart and blood vessels. Studies have shown that common blood thinners like Coumadin can protect you from a stroke if you have mechanical heart valves, atrial fibrillation or…

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Preventing Stroke With Vitamin C

…hemorrhagic strokes, resulting from a blood vessel that bursts somewhere inside the brain. Hemorrhagic strokes are more deadly and tougher to treat, so anything that can be done for preventing this stroke is valuable. For the study on the health benefits of vitamin C in preventing stroke, researchers…

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How Fruits Dramatically Reduce Stroke Risk

…veggies is protective when it comes to reducing the risk of stroke and other health concerns. But now European researchers have found that the color of a fruit may offer additional health benefits and that certain fruits dramatically reduce stroke risk. The latest findings from a new study in the Netherlands…

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More Mounting Evidence Shows Chocolate Helps Prevent Strokes

…Swedish Hospital and found 1,995 stroke cases among the research participants during the decade long span following their completed questionnaires. What they found is that those men who ate the most chocolate (63 grams per week), had a 17% lower number of strokes than those who rarely or never at chocolate…

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Alzheimer's Disease Prevention: Know Your Risk Factors

…I wrote my earlier blog on Alzheimer's, my mother-in-law's mental status had changed so abruptly that we needed to hospitalize her to rule out a stroke or low heart rate. While she was surprisingly hypertensive on admission and her heart rate low enough to validate a pacemaker, her failing memory has…

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Diet Soda Increases Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

…the American Heart Association’s International Stroke Conference, drinking diet soda can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. Researchers said that consuming as little as one diet soda a day could increase your risk of heart attack and stroke by 48 percent. How Can Diet Soda Cause a Stroke?…

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A Lack of Sleep Can Lead to Heart Attack and Stroke

…What they found is that a chronic lack of sleep—less than six hours a night—raised the risk of developing or dying from heart disease by 48% and stroke by 15%! The reason is a lack of sleep decreases your levels of the satiety chemical leptin so you’re more likely to overeat, contributing to obesity…

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Stroke Symptoms for Women

…grandmother’s massive stroke may have been prevented. Since May is National Stroke Awareness Month, I wanted to use this opportunity to spread the word about what risk factors for stroke women should look for. Warning Signs of Stroke in Men Men tend to follow the textbooks. Their strokes tend to present themselves…

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Is Your Heart, or Smoking, Affecting Your Memory?

…it at least partly on your heart. Researchers at the King’s College London just released new findings showing that high blood pressure, severe stroke risk factors, and smoking can impede cognitive function and memory. For their study, the researchers analyzed results from the Framingham study and…

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Stress is a Killer

…anything can happen. You see, your feelings can light a fuse inside your body that causes an immediate and deadly explosion. Both heart attacks and strokes can be the result of excess stress and stress also can trigger a cascade of harmful chemical changes that become deadly over time. Before you know…

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7 Ways to Get Natural Headache Relief

…-aspirin NSAIDS can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Their action was based on a review of several observational studies and clinical trials. The FDA is now requiring labels on NSAIDS to warn users that "the risk of heart attack or stroke can occur as early as the first weeks of using an NSAID…

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High Salt + Low Potassium - A Dangerous Cause for High Blood Pressure

…potassium helps to protect against stroke-related deaths in people who have high blood pressure. They studied more than 43,000 men over an eight-year period and found that the men who consumed an average of 4.3 grams of potassium a day had a significant reduction in stroke risk compared to those who consumed…

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