Hypertension and 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…

Taking Some Blood Pressure Meds at Night May Lower Risk of Diabetes

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.

Irregular Eating Habits May Boost High Blood Pressure, Stroke Risk

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.

Poststroke Rehab: Music and Equine Therapy Show Benefits

Long-term stroke survivors may benefit from either music or horseback-riding therapy, a Swedish study suggests.

The Dangers of Stopping Aspirin Therapy Abruptly

Suddenly stopping aspirin therapy appears to raise the risk of a stroke or a heart attack, according to a report in Circulation.

Statin Therapy After a Stroke: Quitting May Boost Risk of Recurrence

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.

Don’t Ignore Brief Stroke Symptoms

If you have symptoms of a stroke that last only a few minutes, is it still necessary to go to the hospital?