Preventing Strokes

Eat Garlic to Reduce Blood Pressure

…its pharmacological edge in reducing blood pressure and preventing cardiovascular disease. Think of this herb as a multivitamin—not only is it full of nutrients, it's useful for a host of ailments, including enhancing blood thinning (to prevent blood clots), reducing blood pressure levels, and lowering…

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The Real “Magic Bullet” for Reducing Your Stroke Risk

…have found the magic bullet for preventing strokes. Investigators at the University of Carolina Chapel Hill just released a new analysis of the famous Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) which found that women who took aspirin regularly had a significantly lower stroke risk. But what they also found is…

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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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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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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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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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Folic Acid for Dementia & Alzheimer’s Prevention

…heart disease. Bring down homocysteine, and you reduce cardiac risk as well as dementia risk. Lower Elevated Homocysteine Levels for Alzheimer’s Prevention What is homocysteine? It’s a sulfur-containing amino acid that is normally produced as a byproduct of the metabolism of an essential amino acid…

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The Heart Health Benefits of Watermelon

…is that it provides 24.3% of the daily value for Vitamin C. * Vitamin K that helps control blood pressure, regulate heart beat, and possibly prevent strokes. * B vitamins: B1 and B6, important for energy production. * Magnesium: Works to lower blood pressure, assuage arrhythmia, and more. * Potassium…

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Should You Take Blood-Thinning Drugs?

…your concerns. First 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…

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More Mounting Evidence Shows Chocolate Helps Prevent Strokes

…your blood pressure and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. Now, a new study adds to the mounting evidence that chocolate can help to prevent strokes in men. For this study, Susanna C. Larsson of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, and her colleagues looked at the questionnaire responses filled…

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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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Stroke Symptoms for Women

…recognizing the stroke symptoms for women, both large and minor, my grandmother’s massive stroke may have been prevented. So I want to spread the word about what risk factors for stroke women should look for. Warning Signs of Stroke in Men Tend to Follow The Textbooks For men, strokes tend to present…

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5 Ways to Help Prevent a Cardiac Event

…that they have preventive cardiology programs that help you to make lifestyle changes to prevent a cardiac event. But the fact is there are many important ways to prevent a cardiac event, many of which these programs overlook. So, I wanted to tell you how to implement your own preventive cardiology program…

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Vascular Dementia Can Happen to Anyone

…life. There wasn’t much Peg could do to prevent VaD except get adequate care for her cardiac issues—which she did, and so should you. She was a non-smoker who rarely drank alcohol. You can also help to prevent and treat VaD by reducing your risk for stroke including: * Keep your blood pressure and…

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New Research Makes Olive Oil One of My Top Heart-Healthy Foods

…immediately put olive oil high on my list of heart healthy foods. Olive Oil Can Also Prevent Heart Attacks & Strokes The other big news about olive oil and why it’s such a heart-healthy food is that it can help to prevent cardiovascular events. In fact, this recent study called the PrediMed (Prevencion…

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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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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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When Mitral Valve Prolapse Symptoms Are Severe

…diastolic dysfunction which may be a common occurrence with mitral valve prolapse. You Can Also Take Steps to Prevent Your Symptoms from Worsening As with everything, an ounce of prevention is always worth that pound of cure. High blood pressure is a huge contributing factor when mitral valve prolapse…

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