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Cutting Back on Alcohol May Improve Atrial Fibrillation

Moderate to heavy drinkers with atrial fibrillation (AFib)—a leading cause of stroke—who reduced their alcohol intake had fewer episodes of arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms) when measured against those who didn’t change their drinking habits, according to a study published earlier this year in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Blood Pressure Meds Best Taken at Night

Doctors sometimes advise people on medication for hypertension to take their daily pills when they wake up in the morning, since blood pressure tends to be higher in the morning than at night. But you’re likely to get better results by taking the drugs at night, according to a recent study of Spanish adults published in…

Gender Matters in Diagnosis of Mild Strokes

Studies have shown that women who suffer a serious stroke are less likely than men to get an accurate diagnosis. New findings demonstrate that the same gender disparity holds true for a minor stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA): Women are less likely than men to be correctly diagnosed. One key implication is that doctors may…

Yoga: A Natural Blood Pressure Reducer

Yoga often combines physical poses, breathing techniques, and meditation. In recent years, yoga has grown in popularity for both its gentle, low-impact approach and its associated health benefits, including lower blood pressure.

Treating Stroke Just 15 Minutes Earlier Reduces Deaths and Disability

Every 15 minutes shaved off the time it takes to treat a person having a stroke can measurably improve the patient’s outcome, according to a recent study in JAMA.

Advancing the Treatment of Stroke

Stroke care is rapidly evolving, as evidenced by updated treatment guidelines issued last year by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The guidelines include new recommendations that will make it possible for more stroke patients to receive critical medical treatments that might mean the difference between living with a disability or achieving a full recovery.

Watch Out for A-fib

Atrial fibrillation is a risk factor for stroke. Can you rely on the Apple Watch to detect it?

Can Weight Loss Reverse Atrial Fibrillation?

For people who are obese and have atrial fibrillation (AF)-a risk factor for stroke-shedding some pounds may help reverse the course of the condition, according to a 2018 study in the journal Europace.

Risk of Falls Increases When Blood Pressure Is Too Low

If you take medication for hypertension and feel faint or dizzy, tell your doctor. It may be a sign that your blood pressure is dropping too low, which can cause falls, according to a 2018 study published in ...

Better Blood Pressure Testing, More Accurate Results

Much research shows that blood pressure measurement, as typically done in medical settings, is often not as accurate as it should be and that many people may thus be misdiagnosed as having-or not having-hypertension. Usually the results err in being too high, meaning that people may be put on medication unnecessarily. To address this problem, this…