Mon Jan 22 2018

Category: Stroke

Statin Drugs May Help Stroke Victims

Posted in Blood / Arteries, Medications, Stroke

Statins could theoretically help after a stroke.  People who take cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins after a stroke may be less likely to have a second stroke later.  They also have a lower death risk over the ten years following their initial stroke.  Researchers studied 794 people who had strokes and found that those taking statins [&hellip

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Abuse of Legal Substances in Teens

Posted in Brain / Memory, Drug / Alcohol Abuse, Medications, Parenting & Pregnancy, Stroke, Teen Health

One of the major concerns about drug abuse and teens is that many teenagers are turning to legal substances as drugs of abuse rather than search out marijuana, cocaine, or other illegal street drugs.  They are raiding the medicine cabinet at home.  They search for pain medicines or obtain illegal prescription drugs.  Another major issue [&hellip

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Anosognosia and Paralysis

Posted in Brain / Memory, Mental Health, Musculoskeletal, Stroke

It is called anosognosia and it's a very strange phenomenon, one that few except seasoned neurologists have seen.  The condition is one in which alert and talking individuals who are paralyzed on one side of their body claim to have no awareness of their paralysis.  They claim their paralyzed limbs can still move.  Recently, researchers [&hellip

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Uncontrolled Hypertension

Posted in Blood Pressure, Heart Health, Medications, Stroke

It is called uncontrolled hypertension.  It's one of the most insidious and deadly health conditions that you can think of.  The problem is that outside of doctors treating patients, it's something far too few people think of.  We all know that high blood pressure is out there.  To lower pressure, we have to take medications.  [&hellip

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Stroke, Brain Damage, and Effects on the Body

Posted in Stroke

In our last report, we took a look at stroke and what it meant to all of us.  Basically, we have to know it can have potentially devastating effects on the body.  When it comes to stroke, the bottom line is the damage is being done to the brain.  The effects of a stroke depend [&hellip

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What Causes a Stroke?

Posted in Blood / Arteries, Blood Pressure, Stroke

Most of us have heard the term stroke, but many of us don't know what causes this potentially life-altering condition.  Here's the best way I know to explain it.  If you consider one, single, isolated blood vessel, blood flows to the brain tissue and it can be blocked or slowed down in one of two [&hellip

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Five Healthy Behaviors that Reduce Stroke Risk

Posted in Diet / Weight Loss, Exercise / Fitness, Stroke

This is a study from the Harvard School of Public Health.  It received a little bit of attention, but it's worth mentioning because I truly believe it's very important and can make a very real difference in many of our lives.  The research is from the journal Circulation and it found that middle-aged people who [&hellip

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Treadmill Exercise May Benefit Stroke Victims

Posted in Exercise / Fitness, Stroke

Treadmill exercise could help stroke survivors rewire their brains.  A study in the journal Stroke performed in Switzerland showed that treadmill exercise, knee flexing exercise, and different sorts of exercises have different effects.  What they did is they compared treadmill exercise to knee flexing exercises in stroke survivors.  They found that those using a treadmill [&hellip

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Dementia Caused by Silent Strokes

Posted in Geriatric Health, Mental Health, Stroke

There is a great deal of research being conducted to look at dementia caused by Alzheimer's disease.  Certainly this is money well spent, but there is another cause of dementia that gets less attention but is a key contributor.  Silent strokes.  A study that is part of the famous Framinghouse Heart Study indicates the problem [&hellip

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Second-Hand Smoke and the Risk of Stroke

Posted in Smoking, Stroke

Stroke risk is higher for people married to a smoker than those whose spouses do not smoke.  Researchers found this out in a study of 16,000 Americans.  People married to a smoker average a 42% greater risk for stroke.  For former smokers married to smokers, the risk is higher, an average of 72%.  However, stroke [&hellip

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