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Rapid Response Guidelines May Improve Children’s Stroke Care

July 2, 2015

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A rapid response plan for children who visit the emergency room with stroke-like symptoms can help doctors make a faster diagnosis, new research suggests.
“Just as there are rapid response processes for adults with a possible stroke, there should be a rapid response process for children with a possible […]

Many Americans Trying to Cut Their Salt Intake: CDC

July 2, 2015

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Worried about links between high daily salt intake, high blood pressure and stroke, half of American adults questioned in a recent poll say they’ve tried to cut back on sodium.
The survey of more than 180,000 people from 26 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., found — perhaps […]

Menopausal Women at Lower Heart Risk Than Men of Similar Age

July 1, 2015

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Menopause is commonly considered a risk factor for heart disease, as the protective effect of estrogen declines. However, in a new study, researchers found that postmenopausal women had a lower risk of dying from heart attack than did men of similar ages.
“Women have lower cardiovascular […]

White Men May Get Better Treatment for Abnormal Heartbeat

June 30, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women, Hispanics and blacks are less likely than white men to receive optimal treatment for atrial fibrillation in the United States, researchers say.
The study of more than a half-million Medicare patients found that women with this abnormal heart rhythm are less likely than men to […]

Make CPR, Defibrillator Training Mandatory for High School Graduation: Experts

June 30, 2015

TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Far too few Americans are surviving cardiac arrest, and a new report issued Tuesday by a federally appointed panel of experts sets out ways to boost survival rates.
One recommendation: Make a working knowledge of CPR and the use of an automated electronic defibrillator (AED) a graduation requirement for […]

Heart Association’s Stroke Guidelines Support Clot-Removing Device

June 29, 2015

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A device that grabs and drags a blood clot out through the blood vessels should be used to treat certain stroke victims, according to new guidelines issued by the American Heart Association.
Nearly nine out of 10 strokes are caused by a blood clot that blocks […]

Trauma, PTSD May Raise Women’s Odds of Heart Attack, Stroke: Study

June 29, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Women who have been through a traumatic event or developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) face an increased risk of heart attack or stroke, a new large study suggests.
For women with severe PTSD, the study found a 60 percent higher risk of heart attack or stroke […]

Noisy Neighborhoods Tied to Higher Stroke Risk

June 23, 2015

TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Long-term exposure to noise pollution from traffic may reduce life expectancy, a new study contends.
Living near busy roads may also increase the risk of stroke, particularly among older people, the researchers said.
“Road traffic noise has previously been associated with sleep problems and increased blood pressure, but our study […]

Intense Therapy Helps Restore Arm Function Long After Stroke: Study

June 23, 2015

TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Intensive physical therapy helps restore arm function in people who have survived a severe stroke, a new study finds.
University of Florida researchers followed 39 patients who underwent intense physical therapy for the arms five hours a day, five days a week, for 12 weeks.
For the study, the team […]

Too Few Older Heart Attack Patients Get Implanted Defibrillators, Study Finds

June 23, 2015

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Fewer than one in 10 older heart attack survivors gets a potentially lifesaving implantable defibrillator, a new study finds.
This small, battery-powered device sits under the skin in the chest. If the heart starts beating abnormally or stops altogether, the defibrillator shocks the heart to restore […]



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