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American Heart Association Lists Seven Ways to Limit Stroke Risk

American Heart Association Lists Seven Ways to Limit Stroke Risk

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The American Heart Association put out a list this week of the seven health factors that can increase your risk of suffering a stroke.Nearly 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke every year, making strokes the fourth-leadin…

Depression May Increase Stroke Risk in Middle-Aged Women

Depression May Increase Stroke Risk in Middle-Aged Women

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Many people suffer from depression as a complication after suffering a stroke, however, a new study shows that depression may be a risk factor for future strokes.Researchers studied women born between 1946 and 1961, …

Study Finds Brisk Walking to Be Helpful in Recovery After a Stroke

Study Finds Brisk Walking to Be Helpful in Recovery After a Stroke

Comstock/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Heading outside for a brisk walk can improve your quality of life. According to a new study released Thursday, stroke victims could have a lot to gain from walking for exercise. For the study, published in the jo…

Pediatric Stroke Often Misdiagnosed, Treatment Delayed

Pediatric Stroke Often Misdiagnosed, Treatment Delayed

James Finnerty pictured seated in middle. (Courtesy Thomas Finnerty)(NEW YORK) — James Finnerty, a 15-year-old rugby player from Parma Heights, Ohio, woke up with a piercing pain in his head one morning last April and, barely able to walk, stumbled to…

Sen. Kirk Completes Stair Climb to Capitol on First Day Back in Senate

Sen. Kirk Completes Stair Climb to Capitol on First Day Back in Senate

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — For Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., 45 steps awaited him upon his return to the Senate for the first time since his stroke last January.Kirk slowly climbed the steps to the Capitol, a trip that took about 10 minutes …

Woman’s Scrambled Text Message Helps Diagnose Stroke

Woman’s Scrambled Text Message Helps Diagnose Stroke

Goodshoot RF/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Smartphone autocorrect is famous for scrambling messages into unintelligible gibberish but when one man received this garbled text from his 11-week-pregnant wife, it alarmed him:“every where thinging days nigh…

Michael Jackson’s Father, Joe Jackson, Suffers Stroke

Michael Jackson’s Father, Joe Jackson, Suffers Stroke

GV Cruz/WireImage(LAS VEGAS) — Michael Jackson’s 83-year-old father, Joe Jackson, said he has suffered a stroke.
He is being treated at an unspecified hospital in Las Vegas.“I will be fine and I am going home tomorrow,” Jackson told …

Tomatoes Linked to Lower Stroke Risk

Tomatoes Linked to Lower Stroke Risk

George Doyle/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Tomatoes are linked to a decreased risk of stroke in men, a new study finds.The study, published Monday in the journal Neurology, involved more than 1,000 Finnish men between 46 and 65 who never had a stroke before….

‘Mini Strokes’ Can Lead to Major Disability, Study Finds

‘Mini Strokes’ Can Lead to Major Disability, Study Finds

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A transient ischemic attack, or TIA, occurs when symptoms of a stroke come and then go away within 24 hours. The cause is often a clot in a vessel in the brain that temporarily blocks blood flow.What makes TIAs and m…

Chronic Stress Linked to Stroke Risk, Study Suggests

Chronic Stress Linked to Stroke Risk, Study Suggests

Goodshoot/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain becomes blocked or ruptures, thwarting the flow of oxygenated blood.  And while the mechanism is unclear, a new study suggests chronic stress might raise the risk o…

Chronic Stress Linked to Stroke Risk, Study Suggests

Chronic Stress Linked to Stroke Risk, Study Suggests

Goodshoot/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain becomes blocked or ruptures, thwarting the flow of oxygenated blood.  And while the mechanism is unclear, a new study suggests chronic stress might raise the risk o…

Chronic Stress Linked to Stroke Risk, Study Suggests

Chronic Stress Linked to Stroke Risk, Study Suggests

Goodshoot/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain becomes blocked or ruptures, thwarting the flow of oxygenated blood.  And while the mechanism is unclear, a new study suggests chronic stress might raise the risk o…

Study Boasts Benefits of Yoga for Stroke Survivors

Study Boasts Benefits of Yoga for Stroke Survivors

Goodshot/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) – Enthusiasts have long extolled yoga’s benefits, particularly when it comes to mental health and exercise.  Now a new study, published in the journal Stroke, claims the popular discipline might also improve your qual…

Late Shift Boosts Heart Attack, Stroke Risk

Late Shift Boosts Heart Attack, Stroke Risk

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — More bad news for late-shift workers: Their odd hours may be raising their risk of heart attack and stroke.So says a new, large-scale study in the British Medical Journal that adds these two problems — which fit …

More Stroke Patients Die After Weekend Hospital Admissions

More Stroke Patients Die After Weekend Hospital Admissions

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Patients who are hospitalized over the weekend for strokes fare worse than those who come into the hospital during the week, according to new research published in the Archives of Neurology.The study found patients w…

Did Texas Rangers’ Announcer Have On-Air Stroke?

Did Texas Rangers’ Announcer Have On-Air Stroke?

Lee Blankenship/Workbook Stock/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It was the bottom of the eighth inning as the San Diego Padres took on the Texas Rangers when the audience heard the Rangers announcer have what sounded like an on-air medical meltdown, which som…

Study: Birth Control Linked to Heart Attack, Stroke

Study: Birth Control Linked to Heart Attack, Stroke

Michael Matisse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The decision to use birth control is one that most women face at some point, and today many options exist to help women control whether and when they get pregnant.  But some of these approaches may carry ris…

Sleep Deficiency Can Raise Risk of Stroke, Study Finds

Sleep Deficiency Can Raise Risk of Stroke, Study Finds

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Beyond leaving you drowsy and irritable, sleepless nights can take a serious toll on your physical and mental health.”We know sleep is a critical biological function that influences a wide variety of physiological proc…

6-Year-Old Has Stroke, Doctors Spot Rare Moyamoya Disease

6-Year-Old Has Stroke, Doctors Spot Rare Moyamoya Disease

Courtesy Dan Wilcox(TOLEDO, Ohio) — Six-year-old Erica Wilcox woke up one fall morning in 2011 and told her parents her right hand felt “fizzy.”

The first-grader was healthy and active, even running cross-country at her elementary school, so her par…

Five Health Problems Linked to Height

Five Health Problems Linked to Height

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Height has been linked to a range of health problems, from Alzheimer’s and heart disease to multiple cancers.  How stature stacks the odds of getting sick is unclear, but experts say the link between height and hea…

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