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Stroke Rates Higher Among Pot Users

FRIDAY, Oct. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As the use of marijuana is growing, with Canada legalizing the drug just this week, a new study that ties pot to a raised risk for stroke might give users pause. The risk for any stroke could increase…

AHA: Ozone Pollution May Be Linked to a Type of Bleeding Stroke

THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Exposure to the main ingredient in smog may be linked to a type of bleeding stroke, according to new research. Studies have shown an association between clot-caused ischemic stroke,…

AHA: Interpreters Are Key for Stroke Patients Struggling to Understand

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Before he stood in rooms at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas interpreting between Spanish-speaking patients and English-speaking health care providers, Cruz Ramirez did so informally…

'Culturally Tailored' Program Helps Hispanics Cut Stroke Risk

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A program to teach Hispanic stroke patients skills to lower their blood pressure and reduce their risk of another stroke was a big success, according to a new study. The study included 552 white,…

AHA: Stroke Care Gains in Puerto Rico Falter After Hurricane Maria

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- A project aimed at improving the inequalities in stroke care between Puerto Rico and the mainland did just that -- until Hurricane Maria roared ashore last September and further hobbled the…

Mediterranean Diet May Cut Stroke Risk for Women, But Not Men

THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The Mediterranean diet may do more than help you reach and maintain a healthy weight: New research suggests that women who follow it also lower their stroke risk. But men did not reap the same…

Easing Sleep Apnea May Be Key to Stroke Recovery

THURSDAY, Sept. 20, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Sleep apnea is a known risk factor for stroke, and new research suggests that curbing the condition might also aid the recovery of people who've suffered a stroke or mini-stroke. Patients in…

Fitter Folks Suffer Milder Strokes: Study

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- It's well-known that regular exercise can help cut your risk for a stroke. Now, new research shows fitness may have an added bonus, cutting the severity of a stroke should one occur. So finds…

AHA: For Hispanics, Neighborhood May Be Key Factor in Heart Disease Risk

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Hispanic adults who live in counties with high concentrations of their ethnic peers are about 60 percent more likely than those who don't to die from heart disease and stroke, a new study…

AHA: After Mini-Stroke at 41, She's on a Mission to Educate Others

MONDAY, Aug. 13, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- During a meeting in their Manhattan office, Stacy Quinn was trying to tell her supervisor, "Gill is working on the project." "Are you OK?" her boss said, having heard Quinn utter an unintelligible…

AHA: Stroke Survivor's Tattoo Gets People Talking

THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Scars are a natural sign of healing, but not every physical trauma leaves a visible reminder. The only outward sign that 27-year-old Skylar Doerwaldt is a stroke survivor is of her choosing:…

AHA: A Daughter's School Lesson Helped Save a Mom's Life

WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 (American Heart Association) -- Christa Murphy was in the bathroom getting ready for work, yet the routine wasn't going like it should. She kept dropping the soap in the shower. She squeezed globs of toothpaste out…