Unless your doctor has informed you that you’re deficient in potassium, the most you’ve probably heard about this mineral is that it’s good for you and is found abundantly in bananas. Perhaps it’s time to take closer look at how potassium benefits some of the most important functions of your … Read More
Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are prescribed to some 15 million Americans to reduce stomach acid and ease heartburn. Millions more use over-the-counter PPIs. New research, however, is showing a link between long-term, high-dosage PPI use and ischemic stroke.
An ischemic stroke is the most common type of stroke and … Read More
An estimated 40,000 babies are born in the U.S. every year with congenital heart disease—an abnormality of the structure of the heart or blood vessels. Not long ago, many of these children wouldn’t live to reach adulthood. However, advances in treatments are helping people born with congenital heart … Read More
The term brain attack is often used to describe a stroke. Just as a heart attack happens when blood flow to the heart is interrupted, a brain attack can occur when blood flow to part of the brain is interrupted in a way that injures or kills brain … Read More
When a blood clot is stopping blood flow to the brain, a powerful clot-busting medication called tPA is used to dissolve the clot and restore blood flow. The drug must be given within 4½ hours after the onset of symptoms, or the risk of causing unwanted bleeding may outweigh the … Read More
A cerebrovascular disease is one caused by arteries blocked by a blood clot, bleeding in or around the brain caused by a ruptured blood vessel, and any change in the brain’s blood vessels that alters the normal flow of blood. “Cerebro” refers to the brain and “vascular” pertains to blood … Read More
Stroke is an emergency. When a stroke occurs, how much brain function is lost—and your ability to survive the stroke--depends on the type of stroke, its location, and how quickly the stroke is treated. Neurologists use the phrase “Time is brain” to underscore the importance of rapid treatment for Read More
About 87 percent of strokes are ischemic, meaning they are caused by a blockage of blood flow to the brain. Most ischemic strokes are the result of cardiovascular disease, or atherosclerosis. Ischemic stroke causes can also be from a clot (embolism) that forms in the heart or aorta, … Read More
About 87 percent of all strokes are ischemic. These strokes most often occur when an artery bringing blood to the brain becomes blocked, stopping blood flow. Less frequently, a severe drop in blood pressure causes an ischemic stroke. Ischemic strokes are categorized according to the severity and duration … Read More
About 87 percent of all strokes are ischemic. These strokes most often occur when an artery bringing blood to the brain becomes blocked, stopping blood flow. Less frequently, a severe drop in blood pressure causes an ischemic stroke.
Brain cells (neurons) rely on a constant stream of blood supplying … Read More