Statin therapy is a standard treatment for the first three months after a stroke. There hasn't been much research into longer-term statin treatment, but a study in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests it may be helpful.
If you have symptoms of a stroke that last only a few minutes, is it still necessary to go to the hospital?
A quick online search yields no shortage of natural cures for chronic conditions, from herbal medicines to homeopathic treatments. But take heed: These readily available remedies can be dangerous, especially when combined with prescription drugs.
Are you considering purchasing a wrist blood pressure monitor? If you answered yes, you should know that they are not as accurate as traditional arm monitors—and the American Heart Association does not recommend them.
Late last fall, long-awaited revised guidelines about high blood pressure from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) lowered the cutoffs defining hypertension and thus greatly expanded the number of Americans who officially have the condition—from 72 million under the old guidelines to 103 million now. That's nearly half of all adults, including many under age 45, along with nearly 80 percent of those over 65.
Many people who are at high risk of stroke due to atrial fibrillation either don't get the right stroke-preventing medication or they don't take their drugs as prescribed. New studies suggest this lack of preventive treatment further increases the chance of a disabling or deadly stroke.
Hypertension has traditionally been diagnosed by a blood pressure reading of 140/90 mm Hg or higher. Before that threshold is reached, however, undetected blood pressure elevations may have already caused heart damage.
The effects of a stroke can be devastating. Damage to brain cells can result in long-lasting impairments of senses, motor skills, behavior, language ability, memory, and thought processes. The good news is that experts are finding that the brain has great plasticity and powers of recuperation.
A stroke cuts off the brain’s most precious commodity—blood. Starved of this oxygen-rich nourishment, brain cells die. As these cells are lost, with them go critical abilities like speech and movement.