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Could Diet Sodas Raise an Older Woman’s Stroke Risk?

Could Diet Sodas Raise an Older Woman’s Stroke Risk?

By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter Latest Heart News THURSDAY, Feb. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Older women, beware: New research warns that drinking a lot of diet sodas or artificially sweetened fruit juices may increase your risk for stroke. In a study that tracked nearly 82,000 postmenopausal women, those who drank two or more diet drinks […]

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Opioids May Signal Poorer Outcomes for Heart Patients: Study

Opioids May Signal Poorer Outcomes for Heart Patients: Study

Latest Heart News MONDAY, Feb. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Heart patients prescribed opioid painkillers when they leave the hospital may be less likely to get follow-up care and slightly more likely to die, a new study finds. It included nearly 2,500 patients discharged from Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., after treatment for […]

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Health Tip: Caregiving After Stroke

Health Tip: Caregiving After Stroke

(HealthDay News) — Caring for a loved one after a stroke can be difficult, but with the right information and preparation, you can keep your loved one safe, the American Stroke Association says. Latest Heart News The association offers this advice for caregivers: Be aware of the person’s medications and side effects. Determine if the […]

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Food or Heart Meds? Many Americans Must Make a Choice

Food or Heart Meds? Many Americans Must Make a Choice

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter Latest Heart News TUESDAY, Feb. 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Millions of Americans with heart disease say they face financial strain because of their medical care, with some skipping meds or cutting back on basics like groceries. That’s the finding of a new national study of heart disease and stroke patients […]

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CPR Not Always Given at Dialysis Clinics When Needed

CPR Not Always Given at Dialysis Clinics When Needed

Latest Heart News FRIDAY, Feb. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) — When kidney failure patients undergoing treatment at dialysis clinics suffer cardiac arrest, the clinic staff usually jumps in to perform lifesaving CPR, but not always, a new study finds. “It is reassuring that bystander CPR was associated with improved outcomes in dialysis clinics just as […]

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Blood Thinning Drug May Be Safer Option Against Recurrent Stroke

Blood Thinning Drug May Be Safer Option Against Recurrent Stroke

Latest Heart News THURSDAY, Feb. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Taking the blood thinner Pletal (cilostazol) with either aspirin or clopidogrel (best known as Plavix) lowers stroke patients’ risk of a subsequent stroke better than taking aspirin or clopidogrel alone, a new study finds. The Japanese study was funded by Pletal’s maker, Otsuka Pharmaceutical, and […]

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AHA News: Many Women Plagued by Anxiety After Stroke

AHA News: Many Women Plagued by Anxiety After Stroke

Latest Heart News THURSDAY, Feb. 7, 2019 (American Heart Association News) — Angie Read Doyal was unsure if she’d be the same after her stroke. So, when she felt ready to return to work after only seven weeks of intense physical, speech and occupational therapy, she was confident. But that self-assurance quickly was undermined by […]

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Strict Blood Pressure Control Could Help Make Stroke Care Safer

Strict Blood Pressure Control Could Help Make Stroke Care Safer

Latest Heart News THURSDAY, Feb. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) — For patients who receive clot-busting drugs after a stroke, intensive blood pressure lowering is safe and it reduces their risk of bleeding in the brain, a new study finds. Brain bleeds are a major potential side effect of clot-busting drugs. But the use of extreme […]

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Better Heart Care Saves U.S. Billions a Year, Study Finds

Better Heart Care Saves U.S. Billions a Year, Study Finds

Latest Heart News THURSDAY, Feb. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Efforts to keep seniors heart-healthy have saved tens of billions of dollars in U.S. health care costs in recent years, researchers say. Between 2005 and 2012, health care spending among people 65 and older fell an average of nearly $3,000 per person a year, the […]