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Strokes Are Preventable

It’s the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the most common cause of adult disability. As alarming as those statistics are, you may be surprised to learn that 80 percent of strokes are preventable.

“That statistic from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association speaks to the combination of

Stroke in Women

Certain diseases do not behave the same way in men and women. They may have different risk profiles, different symptoms, even different outcomes. The more scientists and physicians understand about these differences, the better they can tailor care to attain the best results. To that end, a team of researchers

Be Proactive About Stroke Prevention

Each year, about 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of these individuals, 140,000 die, and many survivors are left with long-term complications and disabilities. “A stroke happens because blood flow in the brain is interrupted by a blood clot or a ruptured

3. Key Components of Healthy Dietary Patterns

The Healthy U.S.-Style Eating Pattern. The Healthy Mediterranean-Style Eating Pattern. The Healthy Vegetarian Eating Pattern. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet.
These dietary plans might have different names, but they share many common traits—namely, they emphasize consumption of a variety of foods from plants, lean protein sources (from plants

1. The Heart of the Matter

To fully appreciate the importance of following a heart-healthy lifestyle, it’s helpful to understand the impact that cardiovascular disease (a term that refers to conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels) has on the population of the United States. Consider these 2018 statistics from the American Heart Association (AHA):

Cardiovascular

The AFib-Dementia Link

It’s vitally important to treat atrial fibrillation (AFib) to reduce the risk of stroke, heart failure, and death, but we now know that this common cardiac condition doesn’t affect only the heart. The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Neurocognitive Study found that AFib is also associated with a heightened risk of

News Briefs: DNA Tests; Daily Low-Dose Aspirin Use

Older Adults Show Interest in DNA Tests
According to new findings from the National Poll on Healthy Aging, more than half of the older adults polled expressed interest in getting DNA tests to guide medical care, understand health risks, or know their ancestry. The poll results come at a time when

2. Cholesterol and Your Heart

To understand how cholesterol affects your cardiovascular health, it helps to understand the workings of your heart and vascular system.
The Heart
Think of your heart as a pump, about the size of a fist and weighing only 8 to 10 ounces. It consists of two upper chambers (the left and right

4. How High Blood Pressure Harms Health

There’s a good reason why high blood pressure is called the “silent killer.” While hypertension remains insidious, it is stealthily damaging not only your arteries, but every organ, tissue, and system in the body. Since all your body’s organs and tissues require the vital oxygen and nutrients from the blood

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