Stroke

Eight Stroke Prevention Tips

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE The following eight tips can help you improve blood circulation and even reduce your risk of stroke: * Address any lifestyle-related or heart risk factors you have with your doctor. * Follow a good cardiovascular nutrition eating program, such as the PAMM…

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Should You Take A Statin Drug?

If you have a history of cardiovascular problems, like heart attack and stroke, you are likely aware of statins, the ever-so-popular popular medications usually prescribed to help you maintain good cholesterol levels. Commonly prescribed statins include Zocor (simvastatin), Lipitor (avorastatin), Mevacor…

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Improper Grilling Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

…benefits of omega-3s, including increased HDL cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, improved blood circulation, and reduced risk for heart attack and stroke. So eat up and enjoy how delicious healthy heart nutrition can taste! A Taste of the Orient This taste delight combines the protection of soy sauce…

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Prevent Blood Clots to Prevent Stroke

Dr. Sinatra has always told me that, should he suffer a stroke and be unable to communicate, he wants me to get him into a hyperbaric oxygen chamber—also known as HBOT (hyperbaric oxygen treatment). Dr. Sinatra’s colleague Dr. Mark Breiner and his son Dr. Adam Breiner have one at their holistic…

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One Thing Your Cardiologist Will Probably Never Tell You

…your doctor complaining about cardiovascular problems, difficulty maintaining good cholesterol levels, bad circulation, or fears of heart attack and stroke, he/she will likely talk to you about proper medication. But I go a step further. I also encourage you to “feel.” You see, if you allow yourself…

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Prevent Blood Clots

…abdominal discomfort. Indeed, blood thinning is a double-edged sword. While anticoagulants help prevent thrombotic and embolic strokes, I have to bear in mind that the risk of a stroke-induced hemorrhage is higher for those on Coumadin. So now you can see why people trying to prevent blood clots struggle with…

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Heart Risk Factor: Homocysteine

…disease, including coronary atherosclerosis, peripheral vascular disease, and carotid artery disease. In fact, some research shows that 42 percent of strokes, 28 percent of peripheral vascular disease, and approximately 30 per?cent of premature cardiovascular disease are directly related to excessive levels…

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The Pros and Cons of Statin Drugs

…drugs are effective in reducing markers of inflammation such as C-reactive protein (CRP), and that this anti-inflammatory which reduces the risk of stroke. In patients with a history of heart attack, stent, bypass, angioplasty, high CRP levels or high coronary calcium scores, statins may be a reasonable…

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Recognizing a Stroke

…newly recognized sign of a stroke. The previous pneumonic was to think of the first three letters of the word stroke (S,T, R) and take action. The new advisory, and one that is CORRECT, is use the first four letters of the word stroke (S, T, R, O) to assess for a stroke. Below is my abbreviated version…

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Reducing Cholesterol With Statin Drugs

…have been shown to be able to do a phenomenal job of reducing cholesterol levels, while also decreasing the number of deaths from heart attack and stroke. Interestingly, these drugs are particularly effective for men, but less so for women. And, there’s a slight increased risk of breast cancer for…

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Stroke 101

…Awareness Month, I thought I'd talk a bit about strokes. The thought of you or a loved one suffering a stroke is very scary. I have firsthand experience with this. I was 13 when my paternal grandmother died from a massive stroke. In addition to causing death, stroke is major cause of serious long-term disability…

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C-Reative Protein (CRP) and Your Heart

…the medical world has started to take note of. It’s a blood protein that, when found in elevated levels, may indicate a risk for heart attack and stroke. CRP can be detected when there is inflammation resulting from trauma or infection. Let’s look at some study results: A 1985 Finnish study found…

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Vascular Dementia Can Happen to Anyone

…and waning circulation to the brain, small vessel disease, TIAS’s (transient ischemic attacks), and mini-strokes. The most common type is multi-infarct dementia; the result of several strokes. As a cardiologist, I’ve seen many cases of VaD because it’s more common in those with cardiac conditions…

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Love, Intimacy, and Your Heart

…a good time to address a sticky question that many people don’t want to ask, whether you can safely engage in intimacy after a heart attack or stroke. While sudden death from intimacy is rare, many of my cardiac patients have said they felt vulnerable about their heart. In fact, it's a common fear…

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Heartbreak, Cardiovascular Problems, and the Type A Personality

…develop circulatory problems, have difficulty maintaining good cholesterol levels and healthy blood pressure, and become victims of heart attack and stroke. Most physicians and holistic health practitioners today will concur that it is important to do what we can to raise emotionally healthy children so…

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Heart Attack and Stroke Differences

…attack and stroke and even TIA. A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is, as its very Latin name implies, a temporary (transient) episode of lack of oxygen (ischemia). We use the word attack because the person is often “attacked” abruptly with symptoms. The symptoms of both a TIA and stroke can be as…

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Heart Attack and Stroke on the Menu at the Heart Attack Cafe

…treadmill walking and medically supervised exercise, and add their own witty commentaries. Before you know it, patients who’d endured heart attacks and strokes and open heart surgeries were cutting out and bringing in cartoons of their own to be sized, framed, and hung around the exercise room, too. There…

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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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Diet Soda Increases Your Risk of Stroke

…presented at 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 stroke or heart attack by 48 percent. The connection appears to…

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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 new 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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