Posts Tagged ‘stroke’

How to manage fatigue after a stroke

Friday, March 21st, 2014

crop2_240x240_21mar14New research suggests that dreams of returning to everyday life as it was before the stroke may contribute to the patients’ experiences of fatigue and that it may be a help to establish new routines instead of trying to regain old ones.

“Having a stroke can be a devastating experience, and those affected by one often feel that their lives are turned upside down. For many patients, life after a stroke is therefore about reestablishing life as it was before the stroke. But this is very rarely possible and thus a source of frustration for stroke patients,” ethnologist Michael Andersen from University of Copenhagen, said.

Andersen’s PhD thesis was carried out in collaboration with a Danish hospital, where doctors found it hard to find a correlation between the size or the impact of the stroke and the individual experiences of fatigue. He located other potential reasons for the fatigue than the patients’ brains – their everyday lives.

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Eating citrus foods may reduce stroke risk

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

saf02_240x240_feb17A new study has revealed that eating citrus foods that contain vitamin C may reduce your risk of the most common type of hemorrhagic stroke.

Vitamin C is found in fruits and vegetables such as oranges, papaya, peppers, broccoli and strawberries.

The study involved 65 people who had experienced an intracerebral hemorrhagic stroke, or a blood vessel rupture inside the brain. They were compared to 65 healthy people.

Participants were tested for the levels of vitamin C in their blood. Forty-one percent of cases had normal levels of vitamin C, 45 percent showed depleted levels of vitamin C and 14 percent were considered deficient of the vitamin.

“Our results show that vitamin C deficiency should be considered a risk factor for this severe type of stroke , as were high blood pressure, drinking alcohol and being overweight in our study,” study author Stephane Vannier , MD, with Pontchaillou University Hospital in Rennes, France, said.

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Moderate physical activity can cut stroke risk in women

Monday, February 17th, 2014

saf_01_240x240A new research has found that moderate-intensity physical activity like brisk walking or playing tennis is enough to reduce the risk of stroke in women.

Sophia Wang, the study’s lead author and professor at the Beckman Research Institute in Calif., said that she was surprised that moderate physical activity was most strongly associated with a reduced risk of stroke.

More strenuous activity such as running didn’t further reduce women’s stroke risk and moderate activity, such as brisk walking appeared to be ideal in this scenario, Wang said.

The study found that moderate exercise also helps offset the increased stroke risk seen with postmenopausal women taking menopausal hormones, but not completely.

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Physical inactivity, poor diet and smoking linked to disability in seniors

Friday, July 26th, 2013

An unhealthy lifestyle, characterised by physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, and smoking, is associated with a greater hazard of disability” in individuals more than 65 years old, and the risk increases progressively with each additional unhealthy behavior, according to a new study.

For instance, the risk of obesity, diabetes, cancer, poor cognitive function, stroke, sudden cardiac death and mortality increases with the number of unhealthy behaviours.

Researchers from France and the UK carried out a study to investigate the relationship between unhealthy behaviours and the risk of disability over a 12-year period.

They used data from the Three-City (3C) Dijon cohort study.

Between 1999 and 2001, the study included community-dwelling older people (more than 65 years old) from the city of Dijon (France); participants were interviewed at that time about their lifestyle, including information on smoking, diet, physical activity, and alcohol drinking. They were then followed for the incidence of disability over 12 years.

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High BP is risk factor for heart attacks: Dr. Pavan Kumar

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Dr. Pavan Kumar is leading cardiac surgeon and head of department of cardiovascular surgery at Nanavati Hospital and honorary consultant cardiac surgeon at Lilavati Hospital and other prestigious hospitals of Mumbai. He has extensive experience of over 26 years in field of adult cardiac surgery and specialises in coronary bypass surgery, heart valve repair/replacement surgery and other complex heart operations .

He has performed over 10000 such operations till date and credited to be safest heart surgeon in Mumbai with success rate of above 99.5%. His other area of interest is Telemedicine. He is founder of Telemedicine centre at Nanavati hospital, which is largest telemedicine service provider in western India. The centre has won many prestigious national awards under his leadership.

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Steps to prevent a stroke revealed

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Quitting smoke, limiting alcohol, eating more fruits and vegetables, and keeping your weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar in check, can lower your likelihood of stroke.

Still, there are eight lesser-known ways to protect yourself, based on research, ABC News reported.

Walk 20 minutes a day. We know—you work, you have kids, errands to run, dinner to make, and an episode of Real Housewives to watch, but make the time.

Even if you break it up into two 10-minute sessions, it’s worth it.

Walking a total of 2 hours a week can cut your stroke risk by 30 percent, according to a large study of nearly 40,000 women, conducted over a 12-year period.

Walk briskly (so you can talk but not sing) and your chances are reduced by almost 40 percent.

Know the difference between sad and depressed. The latter makes you 29 percent more likely to suffer from stroke, says a new study of more than 80,000 women.

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Small lifestyle changes could reduce stroke risk

Monday, June 10th, 2013

A new study has revealed that making small lifestyle changes could reduce your risk of having a stroke.

Researchers assessed stroke risk using the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 health factors: be active, control cholesterol, eat a healthy diet, manage blood pressure, maintain a healthy weight, control blood sugar and don’t smoke.

“We used the assessment tool to look at stroke risk and found that small differences in health status were associated with large reductions in stroke risk,” Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc., senior author and professor of medicine at the University of Vermont in Burlington said.

Researchers divided the Life’s Simple 7 scores into three categories: zero to four points for inadequate, five to nine points for average, and 10 to 14 points for optimum cardiovascular health.

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5 ‘sudden symptoms’ of stroke that could save lives

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and adult disability, but quickly recognizing the signs of it and seeking immediate medical care from specialists can minimize the effects of the disease or even save a life, say an expert at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Stroke is no longer a disease only of the elderly. Nearly 20 percent of strokes occur in people younger than age 55, and over the past decade, the average age at stroke occurrence has dropped from 71 to 69.

Patrick D. Lyden, MD, chair of Neurology and director of the Stroke Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, has revealed “Five Sudden, Severe Symptoms,” that could signal the onset of a stroke.

Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg on one side of the body.
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
Sudden trouble seeing on one side.
Sudden, severe difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

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Tart cherries may help reduce stroke risk

Monday, April 29th, 2013

A diet that includes tart cherries can provide cardiovascular benefits similar to the prescribed medications and can also reduce the risk of stroke, a new research has revealed.

A class of drugs called PPAR agonists that help regulate fat and glucose was considered promising by doctors who prescribed them for patients with metabolic syndrome – a collection of risk factors linked to heart disease and type 2.

However, studies have shown the long-term use of these drugs can also increase stroke risk, which has prevented many from securing FDA approval.

The new research from the U-M Cardioprotection Research Laboratory suggests that tart cherries can reduce the risk of stroke even when taken with these pharmaceutical options.

The group’s previous research has shown that intake of US produced, Montmorency tartcherries activates PPAR isoforms (peroxisome proliferator activating receptors) in many of the body’s tissues.

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Natural Wonder: Avocado

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

This creamy flavour-filled fruit is a powerhouse of nutrients. It helps fight cancer, keeps your heart healthy and can also delay aging.

Avocado, a powerhouse of nutrients!

Avocado and its nutrients:

Avocados are getting popular as your neighbourhood fruits vendor too has begun to stock them. This creamy, delicious fruit contain many essential nutrients such as folic acid, potassium, fibre, vitamin E, B-vitamins. In addition this fruit is known as a nutrient-booster as it aids better nutrient absorption.

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