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  1. Women Often Unaware of Stroke Risk

    Feb. 11, 2009 -- Even though she was a practicing nurse at the time, Louise Toomey did not recognize what was happening when she had her stroke seven years ago. Luckily, her husband did. "We were in a restaurant and I had a really bad migraine," she tells WebMD. "I had spots in front of my eyes when

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  2. Can Exercise Prevent Severe Stroke?

    Oct. 20, 2008 -- The benefits of keeping active may be growing. A new international study looks at whether exercise reduces the severity of strokes. The study looks at whether how much someone exercised before having a stroke had an impact on how severe the stroke was, and whether being active affec

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  3. Should Carotid Patients Skip Surgery?

    Sept. 25, 2008 -- Surgery or stenting is not necessary for at least 95% of patients with a condition called asymptomatic carotid stenosis (ACS), says a team of researchers from Canada and Greece. ACS is a condition in which the main vessels supplying blood to the brain are narrowed but the patient h

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  4. Late Stroke Treatment Still Has Benefits

    Sept. 24, 2008 - The brain clot-busting drug tPA works better the sooner it's given after stroke, but now a new study shows the treatment can help even if given up to 4.5 hours later. During a stroke, a clot blocks the flow of blood to parts of the brain. It doesn't take long for these parts of the

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  5. Stroke After Sex

    Sept. 15, 2008 -- Sex triggered a life-threatening stroke in a healthy 35-year-old Illinois woman, her doctors report. Sex- and orgasm-triggered strokes in relatively young women and men are rare, but not unheard of. They require a combination of factors and events not unusual in themselves, but whi

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  6. Treadmill Rewires Brain After Stroke

    Aug. 28, 2008 -- Treadmill exercise may improve stroke survivors' walking ability by rewiring parts of the brain, according to a new study. The study also shows treadmill exercise may be better than stretching, the traditional exercise prescribed after a stroke, both for walking and overall fitness.

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  7. Belly Fat Linked to Stroke Risk

    Aug. 14, 2008 -- We know that being overweight or obese can contribute to heart disease and heart attacks, but does extra weight around your belly increase your risk of stroke? A new study says that may be the case. Led by Yaroslav Winter, MD, researchers from the University of Heidelberg looked at

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  8. 5 Lifestyle Habits Cut Stroke Risk

    Aug. 12, 2008 -- A new study shows that five healthy lifestyle factors help cut the risk of the most common type of stroke by 80%. The study, reported in the journal Circulation, tracked 43,685 men and 71,243 women. The average age at the start of the study was 54 for men and 50 for women. When the

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  9. Fish May Boost Memory, Prevent Stroke

    Aug. 4, 2008 -- Regularly eating non-fried fish may help older adults preserve their memory and ward off stroke. Researchers reporting in tomorrow’s issue of Neurology have found that older adults whose diets include three or more weekly helpings of baked or broiled tuna and other fish high in omega

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  10. Spouses of Smokers at Risk for Stroke

    July 29, 2008 -- Nonsmokers who are married to someone who smokes have a greatly increased risk for stroke, a finding that further underscores the dangers of secondhand smoke. Researchers reporting in the September issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine say the risk varies depending on

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