Mirror therapy may provide some improvement in the ability to move limbs affected by stroke, according to a recent review of the scientific literature on this rehabilitative treatment.
Results of a large international study challenge some long-held notions about alcohol and health. It found that overall, the standard definition of moderate drinking— one to two drinks per day—was linked to increased risk of certain cardiovascular diseases, including stroke.
Depending upon the part of the brain impacted, a major stroke can have devastating effects, particularly on a survivor's motor skills. Given the challenges of coping with the subsequent disabilities, physical rehabilitation is a core part of post-stroke recovery. The goal is to help patients regain as much of their pre-stroke function as possible.
Here are 13 things you may not know about strokes, some of which may save a life, according to the American Heart Association.
If you have high blood pressure, checking it regularly at home might help you better control the condition, even if your doctor takes your blood pressure at most appointments.
Gender is no barrier to strokes, which occur when blood flow to the brain is blocked (an ischemic stroke) or damage is caused by bleeding in the brain (a hemorrhagic stroke). But there are some gender differences when it comes to stroke: On average, women tend to have strokes later in life than men do, women have worse outcomes after a stroke, and some stroke risks for women are different from those of men.
Taking certain medications to control hypertension before bedtime will not only improve nighttime blood pressure control but may also modestly reduce the risk of developing diabetes, suggests a study from Spanish researchers. Since diabetes is a prime concern for people with high blood pressure, any steps that could cut your risk are worth a closer look.
If you snack impulsively, eat at unusual times, or chow down before going to bed, chew on this: Irregular eating can increase your risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol, and diabetes.
Long-term stroke survivors may benefit from either music or horseback-riding therapy, a Swedish study suggests.
Suddenly stopping aspirin therapy appears to raise the risk of a stroke or a heart attack, according to a report in Circulation.
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.