Tag Archives: stroke

Men, do you know your cholesterol level?

Men, do you know your cholesterol level?  There was a recent lipid (cholesterol) guideline released by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association which showed that men with a low-density lipoprotein (LDL) component of cholesterol of at least 190 benefit … Continue reading

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Migraines may increase stroke risk

A new study out that reviewed 11,663 older adults (average age 59) showed that patients with migraine with aura were at an increased risk of cardioembolic strokes.  This study followed over 11,000 people for 18 years and those with migraine WITH … Continue reading

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Asthma increases women’s heart disease risk

A history of asthma was independently associated with a 24% increase in the risk of new-onset heart disease (meaning strokes and heart attacks) among postmenopausal women. The Women’s Health Initiative study including 90,168 women between ages 50 – 79 showed … Continue reading

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Aspirin is not needed if you do not have a history of heart attack or stroke

Again,  aspirin is not needed if you do not have a history of heart attack or stroke. There ARE benefits to taking an aspirin per day if you have a history of cardiovascular disease, but there is increased risk of bleeding … Continue reading

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Beware: a flash of anger may cause a heart attack or stroke.

There have been few studies exploring the link between short bouts of anger and cardiovascular events (in the hours following the outburst), but the evidence is consistently showing a direct relationship. There were nine independent studies which when combined showed … Continue reading

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What you need to know about strokes…

Stroke.  What an awful word.  My father had a debilitating stroke at age 50. 795,000 people have a new or recurrent stroke each year. Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability in the US.  Stroke ranks fourth as … Continue reading

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Want to start smoking again after a stroke?

Patients who started smoking again after an ischemic (not-enough-blood-getting-to-the-brain) stroke raise their risk of dying by nearly threefold within one year.  The risk of dying increases the sooner the smoking relapse occurs.  Patients who start smoking within 10 days of … Continue reading

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