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  1. Early Menopause May Double Stroke Risk

    Feb. 20, 2009 (San Diego) -- Women who permanently stop menstruating before age 42 are twice as likely as other women to suffer a stroke, a large study shows. “On the opposite end, women who enter natural menopause after age 54 are about 70% less likely to have a stroke compared with women who enter

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  2. Where Fast Food Joints Abound, So Do Strokes

    Feb. 19, 2009 -- Stroke risk is linked to the number of fast food restaurants in a given area, a new study suggests. Researchers zeroed in on a region of Texas, analyzed neighborhoods for the number of fast food restaurants, and found a 13% elevated risk of ischemic stroke in neighborhoods with the

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  3. Tea, Coffee May Reduce Stroke Risk

    Feb. 19, 2009 -- The odds of having a stroke may be lower for tea drinkers and coffee drinkers. That's according to two studies presented today in San Diego at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2009. Those studies were observational -- participants weren't assigned to

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  4. Coffee Cuts Stroke Risk in Women

    Feb. 16, 2009 -- Coffee addicts: Your habit may actually be good for you. Regular coffee consumption reduces the risk of stroke in women, according to a new study. The study, published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, shows that women who drank four or more cups of coffee a

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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