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  1. Arm and Hand Exercises for Stroke Rehab

    Recovering after a stroke may feel like a daunting task. Among other things, your brain must relearn skills it lost when it was damaged by the stroke. Recent research, though, shows that the brain is amazingly resilient and capable of adapting after a stroke. This means that recovery is more possibl

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  2. Stroke Recovery: Tips for the Caregiver

    If you are caring for a stroke survivor, you may have a lot of questions about whether your loved one will recover and what his or her needs will be in the months and years ahead. You may also worry about how you will manage in your new role. "Caregiving can be a big load to shoulder," says Maggie F

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  3. Stroke Prevention Lifestyle Tips

    If you've had a stroke, preventing a second stroke is a top priority. "The risk of a stroke is tenfold higher in someone who has had a stroke in the past," says Larry B. Goldstein, MD, professor of medicine (neurology) and director of the Duke Stroke Center in Durham, N.C. Prevention of a second str

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  4. Low-Fat Dairy May Help Lower Stroke Risk

    April 19, 2012 -- Middle-aged and older adults may be able to lower their risk of having a stroke by eating low-fat dairy products, according to a Swedish study published in the journal Stroke . The study researchers, who tracked the diets of nearly 75,000 men and women over 10 years, found that tho

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  5. Depression After Stroke Too Often Goes Untreated

    March 29, 2012 -- Many people who have a stroke or so-called mini-stroke become depressed afterward, yet up to two-thirds are not getting ample treatment for their depression. Researchers report that news in the journal Stroke. "A lot of people are not aware of this risk,” Duke University stroke res

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  6. Citrus Fruits May Lower Women's Stroke Risk

    Feb. 23, 2012 -- Researchers have identified a compound found in oranges, grapefruits, and other citrus fruits that may lower a woman’s stroke risk. Previous studies suggest that eating fruits and vegetables helps protect against strokes, and many believe that antioxidant compounds known as flavonoi

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  7. 1 in 2 Stroke Survivors Has High Blood Pressure

    Feb. 2, 2012 -- A disturbing 47% of people who have had a stroke have poorly controlled high blood pressure, researchers say. "High blood pressure is the strongest risk factor for stroke, so you would think patients and their doctors would be vigilant about making sure blood pressure is under contro

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  8. Sunny Skies Linked to Lower Stroke Risk

    Feb. 1, 2012 -- People who live in sunny places may have a lower risk of stroke, new research suggests. The researchers believe it is the first to show an association between sunlight and stroke. A second study suggests eating a lot of salmon, eggs, tuna, and other vitamin D-rich foods may help prot

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  9. Study: Stents as Good as Surgery at Keeping Neck Arteries Open

    Feb. 1, 2012 -- A less invasive approach for clearing neck arteries of dangerous plaque works just as well as surgical treatment for most people at high risk of stroke, according to the largest comparison of the two procedures to date. Ninety-four percent of patients' arteries remained open two year

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  10. Magnesium-Rich Foods May Lower Stroke Risk

    Jan. 20, 2012 -- People who eat more foods rich in the mineral magnesium appear to reduce their odds of having a stroke, a new study shows. The link between magnesium in the diet and stroke risk was strongest for ischemic stroke, which is when a clot blocks a blood vessel in the brain. Researchers f

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