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  • Keeping Blood Pressure Under Control That Can Reduces Risk of Second Stroke

    Keeping Blood Pressure Under Control That Can Reduces Risk of Second Stroke

    There’s a journal Stroke report shows that good blood pressure control after a stroke cuts the chances of having a repeat stroke by more than half. But it also brought some bad news: less than one-third of stroke survivors in the study managed to get their blood pressure under control. For anyone who has had […]

  • Transfusion and heart surgery: Only when needed

    Transfusion and heart surgery: Only when needed

    Unnecessary blood transfusion can do more harm than good. Blood transfusion deserves a prominent place in the pantheon of medical advances. It has saved countless lives on the battlefield and in hospital emergency departments. It is a life-prolonging treatment for people with conditions that prevent the body from making blood or blood components, from kidney […]

  • Study suggests caution on statins after a bleeding stroke

    Study suggests caution on statins after a bleeding stroke

    These drugs may harm more than help after a stroke linked to a degenerative brain condition. The drugs known as statins do many good things. They are the most powerful cholesterol-lowering agents discovered so far. They help prevent heart attacks in people who have had one, as well as in those at high risk for […]

  • Trial clouds use of niacin with a statin

    Trial clouds use of niacin with a statin

    Aiming high is usually a good strategy for achieving a goal… except when it backfires. That’s what happened with a large clinical trial dubbed AIM-HIGH. It was suddenly stopped more than a year ahead of schedule, casting a cloud over the use of niacin, a safe, effective medication with a proven track record for raising […]

  • The hidden burden of high blood pressure

    The hidden burden of high blood pressure

    Average life span goes down; rehospitalization rates go up. A silent condition like high blood pressure is sneaky. You don’t feel it, and it generally doesn’t cause any outward signs or symptoms. Yet it relentlessly causes problems in the arteries, heart, kidneys, and elsewhere. High blood pressure — also known as hypertension — isn’t a […]

  • Niacin + a statin does not add up to benefit

    Niacin + a statin does not add up to benefit

    In 2011, federal health officials ended an important government-funded clinical trial designed to test whether taking niacin in addition to a cholesterol-lowering statin might do more to lower heart attack and stroke risk than just taking a statin alone. Interim data indicated that the niacin had no benefit and may have been associated with a […]

  • Triglycerides may predict stroke

    Triglycerides may predict stroke

    This lipid plays a bigger part than you realize. The strongest predictors of a woman’s stroke risk may be the most over-looked lipids in your cholesterol profile, according to a new study published online Feb. 2, 2012, in the journal Stroke. Scientists looked at more than 900 post-menopausal women and found that those with the […]

  • Protect your brain from stroke

    Protect your brain from stroke

    Reducing your salt intake may help. You’ve heard for years that too much salt can raise your blood pressure and is dangerous for the heart. A new study finds that salt may also be a threat to your brain. The study, published in the journal Stroke, finds that among older adults, a high-sodium diet can […]

  • More to the story than alcohol = heart protection

    More to the story than alcohol = heart protection

    Studies showing that alcohol protects the heart raise questions about drinking. Does moderate, prudent drinking protect the heart and arteries? Two analyses say — shout, actually — that the answer is yes. But they raise a bigger issue: What should we do with this information? The answer to that question may come as a surprise. […]

  • Putting heart attack, stroke triggers in perspective

    Putting heart attack, stroke triggers in perspective

    The brief boost in risk usually doesn’t linger. Artery-clogging atherosclerosis is a slow, silent process that often begins in one’s teens or 20s. Some people with atherosclerosis live out their lives completely untouched by it. Some develop chest pain (angina) or other problems when they exercise or are under stress. And some have heart attacks […]

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