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More Evidence that Exercise Helps Control Blood Pressure

Exercise programs may reduce blood pressure in people with hypertension as much as first-line medication does, according to a recent report in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Resolved Atrial Fibrillation Doesn’t Eliminate Stroke Risk

Atrial fibrillation (AF) causes the heart to beat erratically, which can trigger ischemic strokes, the most common type. Normal heart rhythm can be restored with medical therapy, or may happen spontaneously. However, disturbed heart rhythm may recur, suggesting that people with resolved AF remain at risk, a team of British researchers discovered.

What to Do When High Blood Pressure Won’t Budge

There's plenty most people can do to lower elevated blood pressure, including healthy lifestyle changes and a variety of different classes of hypertension medications. But even those strategies aren't enough for some people, and their blood pressure remains high, a condition called resistant hypertension. Here's the latest advice on how to treat it.

Surprising Findings on Alcohol and Stroke Risk

Results of a large international study challenge some long-held notions about alcohol and the risks of stroke, heart failure, and other cardiovascular ills. They suggest ...

Mirror Therapy May Improve Paralysis in Stroke Patients

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.

Rethinking the Health Benefits of Alcohol

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.

Regaining Physical Function After a 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.

13 Key Facts About Strokes

Here are 13 things you may not know about strokes, some of which may save a life, according to the American Heart Association.

How to Get Your Most Accurate Blood Pressure Reading

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.

Women-Only Stroke Risk Factors

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…