Preventing Strokes

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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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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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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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4 Secrets for Preventing Diabetes & Controlling It

…accumulated plaque typical of atherosclerosis can rupture or break apart, causing blood clots and blockages that can lead to either a heart attack or a stroke. Additionally, insulin is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. However, when the body becomes resistant to insulin, there is a corresponding…

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The Health Benefits of Eating Garlic

strokes. In double-blind research, patients given garlic demonstrated thinner, more slippery blood when compared to matched controls. Specifically, garlic reduces fibrinogen (a blood clotting component) levels, thus preventing the formation of blood clots, a major cause of heart attack and stroke. Garlic…

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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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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

…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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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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The 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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The Truth About Fish Oil Supplement Benefits

It’s all over the news today. “Fish oil supplements don’t prevent heart attacks, study says.” “Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements May Not Help the Heart After All.” As a cardiologist, these types of headlines alarm me, because if people stop taking their fish oil, we’re going to see a huge rise…

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The Benefits of Fish Oil Supplements for Heart Disease

It’s been all over the news. A study review published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that taking fish oil did not prevent heart attack or stroke survivors from having another cardiac event. One news headline read, “Fish Oil Delivers Few Heart Benefits, Study Finds.” This type of media…

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