Strokes are a horrible, life-threatening event in which either a blockage in the brain cuts off blood flow and deprives cells in that area of oxygen or, less commonly, a blood vessel in the brain bursts spilling blood into the brain to much the same effect. They can leave victims temporarily or permanently disabled, or result in death. While overall stroke rates in the United States have been dropping over the last 20 years or so, this decline is not necessarily equal in all populations across the board.
Heart disease, the leading cause of death in the nation, claims over 610,000 lives a year in the United States. Stroke exacts a grim toll as well, killing over 130,000 people. And, over 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. Recent studies suggest that one specific factor – elevated blood levels of a substance known as homocysteine – may be behind this trio of devastating conditions.
We hear a lot about ‘race’ these days, generally in cases of biased, activism, discrimination and so on. Personally, I do not like using the term race as it is inaccurate, misleading and often racist in its connotation. We are all ONE race – the human race!
In 1995, Robert Lee Hotz, reported in the Feb. 20 issue of the Cincinnati Enquirer:
If you think strokes only happen to elderly people, think again. Strokes can hit anyone at any age, but the older one gets, the more susceptible one becomes for having a stroke.
It can happen to you, or right in front of you. What is the difference? What do you do?…
By David A. Steenblock, MS, DO
A heart attack occurs from blockage of the blood vessels that supply oxygen to the heart. This usually causes chest pain on one’s left side, and the left arm or neck. The pain is constant and may go from a dull ache to a more sharp pain in the left chest with exertion or stress. Nausea may be present as well.
If you are having CHEST PAIN , NAUSEA and/or SWEATING call 911 and go to the nearest emergency room for medical care!
There's a troubling statistic in the United States when it comes to strokes.
Weill Cornell Medical College, March 28, 2016
Certain types of bacteria in the gut can leverage the immune system to decrease the severity of stroke, according to new research from Weill Cornell Medicine.
Easy Health Options, Janaury 21, 2016
It’s tough to think ahead to when you’re 90, but here’s something you’ll want to know: You could have a stroke before you get there unless you get some sleep.
A diagnosis of cancer is devastating. But cancer sufferers who have followed medical provider advice to undergo treatment with so-called cancer-fighting drugs may have unknowingly been exposed to the additional risk of stroke or other life-threatening medical event
Research published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) looked at 20,000 people in China. What they found was that giving people additional folate, the b-vitamin in dark leafy green vegetables, reduces the risk of stroke and heart attack.