Stroke News & Features
Stroke Risk in Black Americans: Expert Q&A
- U.S. Stroke Rate Decreases, Racial Inequality Gap Remains
January 12, 2024 — Though the overall rate of strokes has decreased in the United States, Black adults still experience strokes more frequently and at younger ages than white adults.
- Short-term Exposure to Air Pollution Can Raise Stroke Risk
September 28, 2023 — The risk of stroke increases by as much as 30% within five days of being exposed to air pollution, according to new research.
- What Young People Should Know About Stroke Risks
July 17, 2023 — Those with a history of adolescent high blood pressure had over twice the odds of having a stroke – even after accounting for other risk factors, such as BMI at adolescence and diabetes status throughout adulthood.
- Study Says Trouble Sleeping Can Increase Risk of Stroke
June 8, 2023 — Insomnia can lead to an increased risk of stroke, according to new research. The risk goes up with more symptoms, such as trouble falling or staying asleep, or waking up too early.
- ‘BE FAST’: Time and Support Key for Younger Stroke Patients
June 1, 2023 — A study over 15 years found an overall increase of 11% nationwide, with a 38% increase in the 18 to 44 age group. Yet nearly 30% of U.S. adults younger than 45 are unaware of common stroke symptoms, according to a survey from the American Heart Association.
- Racial Gap in Rates of Stroke Widens Even More, CDC Reports
April 21, 2023 — For decades, the rate of Black people dying of strokes has been higher than the rate for white people. But during the first two years of the pandemic, the difference ballooned by an additional 22%.
- Depression May Increase Stroke Risk and Interfere With Recovery
March 10, 2023 — People with depression might face a higher risk of having a stroke and more trouble recovering from one, according to new research.
- Artificial Sweetener Linked to Blood Clots, Heart Attacks: Study
February 28, 2023 — A commonly used artificial sweetener called erythritol is strongly linked to a higher risk of heart attack and stroke, according to a new study.
- A Young Neurologist Mentors Black Women, Fights Disparities
Eseosa Ighodaro, MD, PhD, is a neurologist focusing on stroke, health disparities, and mentoring the next generation of doctors.
- Celery Seed-Derived Medicine May Improve Stroke Outcomes
February 17, 2023 — Butylphthalide, a new medication that comes from celery seed, could improve outcomes after a clot-caused stroke when given in addition to prompt treatment for the clot, according to a new study.
- Heart Disease, Stroke Linked To Specific Kinds of Sugars: Study
February 14, 2023 — It’s not necessarily the amount of sugar you eat that can hurt your heart, it’s the kind of sugar you eat that can lead to heart disease, a new study suggests.
- Stroke Risk in Adults Younger Than You May Think
Some types of stroke are becoming more common in people younger than you might expect. Find out what helps lower your stroke risk.
- Betty White’s Cause of Death Was a Stroke
January 11, 2022 — Actress Betty White died from a stroke she had six days before her Dec. 31 death at her home in Los Angeles, the Associated Press reported, citing her death certificate. She was 99.
- How to Exercise After a Stroke
Struggling to get back to exercise after a stroke? Read on for guidance.
- WebMD My Story: Recovering From Stroke
Michelle Moccio couldn't believe she was having a stroke – as a stroke nurse practitioner, she thought it was just too ironic.
- Is This Stress or a Stroke?
Is your head throbbing, your heart racing, and you worry you could be having a stroke? Chances are, you’re not. Learn the signs that are more likely from a stroke. It could save your life.
- Keys to Recognizing a Stroke
Getting treatment fast is key when you're having a stroke. Learn how to recognize the symptoms.
- Arm and Hand Exercises for Stroke Rehab
WebMD asked stroke rehab experts to describe the types of exercises that are used to help stroke survivors regain the use of their affected arm.
- Stroke Recovery: Tips for the Caregiver
Caring for a loved one who has had a stroke can be a daunting task. WebMD asked experts what caregivers need to know. Here are their caregiving tips.
- After a Stroke: Medications to Reduce Arm Spasticity
WebMD talked with experts to find out what kinds of medications are used to help patients who develop spasticity after a stroke regain control over their arm movements.
- Stroke Prevention Lifestyle Tips
If you've already had a stroke, preventing a second one is a top priority. WebMD checks with the experts and offers lifestyle tips that can help prevent future strokes.
- Chocolate Chips Away at Stroke Risk
Eating a little bit of chocolate each week may not only lower the risk of having a stroke, it may also decrease the odds of dying from one.