Around 750,000 people have a stroke every year, and of these, 5 to 14 percent will have a second stroke within 12 months. Many of the risk factors for stroke can be mitigated with simple lifestyle changes—according to the American Stroke Association, 80 percent of strokes are preventable. However, research
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The thick gel found in the leaf of the aloe vera plant has been used for thousands of years to heal a variety of topical conditions. In fact, aloe gel was one of the most frequently prescribed medicines in the 18th and 19th centuries. The gel is composed of 95 to
Are you getting the minerals in your diet that you need to help reduce stroke risk? In a new look at data on more than 180,000 women in the Nurses’ Health Study, combined intake of magnesium, potassium and calcium was associated with lower stroke risk. Separately, participants with the highest
This year, an estimated 800,000 people in the United States will suffer a stroke—some for the second or third time. Although 10 to 20 percent of strokes are fatal, seven million people in the United States are living proof that many survive the event. But these people are at greatly
New heart disease and stroke prevention guidelines were recently issued by the American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology. Based on the evaluation of years of scientific research, the new guidelines outline the best strategies for weight management, optimal cholesterol levels, heart disease risk assessment, and lifestyle measures
If you have atrial fibrillation (AF), but were told you did not need to take an oral anticoagulant to prevent stroke, that may change.
New guidelines for the prevention of AF-related stroke use a different formula to predict stroke risk than older guidelines. As a result, two-thirds of patients previously considered
For many patients, there is nothing “transient” about suffering a transient ischemic attack (TIA), an event that disrupts blood flow to the brain and causes symptoms much like those of a more severe stroke. These include difficulty with speech and vision, and numbness or weakness in the extremities and face,
Clogged Carotid Arteries Tied to Impaired Memory
To keep your mind clear as you grow older, keep your carotid arteries clear of the fatty plaque that can interfere with blood flow.
That’s the message of a new study that found a strong association between asymptomatic carotid stenosis—blockage of the major neck arteries
Women who suffer from the abnormal heart rhythm atrial fibrillation (AFib) are significantly more likely than men with the condition to be hospitalized for stroke, according to a new study. Other new research suggests that women with AFib are less likely than men to receive oral anticoagulant therapy. Could this
Q. I’ve heard that daily aspirin is advised to help prevent a second heart attack, but my doctor said it’s not recommended anymore to help prevent a first heart attack. Can you explain?
A. Aspirin remains an integral part of heart attack and stroke prevention. It interferes with blood clotting, which