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Excess Weight and Stroke

Posted 5/11/2017 by UHBlog

Excess Weight and Stroke

Learn how your weight can affect your risk for stroke and the lifestyle changes you can make today to lower your risk.

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Stroke 101: What Every Man Should Know About Strokes

Posted 5/5/2017 by UHBlog

Stroke 101: What Every Man Should Know About Strokes

Learn about your risk factors and the five warning signs of a stroke.

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Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring Reveals Early-Stage Heart Disease

Posted 1/6/2017 by UHBlog

Calcium Scoring

A simple test can help determine your risk for a heart attack.

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7 Ways to Avoid Heart Attack and Stroke If You Have Diabetes

Posted 7/20/2016 by UHBlog

7 Ways to Avoid Heart Attack and Stroke If You Have Diabetes

People with diabetes should take their condition to heart – literally.

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Putting the pieces together

Posted 3/7/2016 by UHBlog

Proactive care gives in utero stroke survivor a strong start Gwen Ciccozzi was a typical newborn, spending her days eating and sleeping. But her mom, Rebecca, began to have nagging concerns when Gwen was about 3 months old. “As Gwen started moving more, we noticed that she seemed to favor her left hand. We joked she may be a lefty,” recalls Rebecca. Unfortunately, Gwen’s issues didn’t resolve. At her 6-month checkup, it was clear Gwen was not using her right hand purpose...

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Too Young to Have a Stroke? Think Again

Posted 11/11/2015 by UHBlog

Even young people are at risk for a stroke. Ask us. Can people younger than 45 have a stroke? You bet. A stroke can occur at any point in a person’s life, from infancy to adulthood. “It is not just older adults who have strokes. Younger people are susceptible to strokes too,” says neurologist John Andrefsky, MD. “The problem is most young people ignore the warning signs of a stroke because they can’t believe it can happen to them.” Not paying attention or be...

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Why You Can’t Rely on Blood Pressure Meds to Prevent Stroke

Posted 8/24/2015 by UHBlog

Untreated high blood pressure can wreak havoc on your body. Do you know your numbers? Many people take medication to control their high blood pressure, but a major, large-scale blood pressure study may have you wondering if the pills you take provide the protection you need. The Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) project, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), followed 30,239 participants ages 45 and older for more than six years. The study wanted t...

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Using Music to Mend Mind and Body After Stroke

Posted 5/6/2015 by UHBlog

Lost your voice to a stroke? We can help. If you know anyone who has suffered a stroke, it can be hard for them to cope with the language and memory problems it causes. Music therapy is one route many stroke survivors are taking to regain their lives. According to music therapist Seneca Block, music therapy helps stimulate different neural networks in the brain, bypassing areas damaged by stroke and allowing patients to recover lost function, such as balance, gait, speech, memory, attention an...

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How Stroke Smart Are You?

Posted 4/30/2015 by UHBlog

Stroke is preventable. We can help. Do you know the signs and risk factors for stroke? If you don’t, you’re not alone. Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in America and the leading cause of adult disability, says neurologist John Andrefsky, MD. Stroke, also called a brain attack, affects nearly 800,000 people each year, but many of us don’t know much about this killer. Because a brain attack can come on quickly, the most important factor in treating stroke and limiting...

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10 Tests Every Man Should Get

Posted 4/28/2015 by UHBlog

If you can’t remember the last time you saw your doctor, it’s probably time to schedule an appointment. Are you one of those guys who hasn't visited your doctor in years? You are not alone. Even though early detection saves lives, one-fourth of all men blow off seeing their doctors each year. But, considering the consequences of letting disease run amok, taking time out for those annual checkups should be a priority, says internal medicine specialist Roy Buchinsky, MD. While you may...

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Stroke: It's Not Just for Seniors Anymore

Posted 4/24/2015 by UHBlog

You're young, but you may be at risk for a stroke. Ask us. If you think stroke is an old person's disease, think again. One-third of people hospitalized for stroke are younger than 65. "Seniors aren't the only people who have strokes," says vascular neurologist Stefan Dupont, MD, PhD. "We just don't talk as much about the other populations who are affected. Strokes can occur at any age and can affect children, adolescents, young people and old people." Each year, nearly 800,000 people suffer a...

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Do You Know the 5 Signs of Stroke?

Posted 6/26/2014 by UHBlog

Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke, and every four minutes, someone dies from stroke. Stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain either bursts or is blocked by a clot. This causes a lack of oxygen in the brain and can lead to significant problems. The most important thing you can do to prevent complications or fatalities after a stroke is taking immediate action and calling 911. “Stroke can possibly be treated with medication to rev...

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New Stroke Prevention Guidelines for Women

Posted 3/4/2014 by UHBlog

According to the American Stroke Association, stroke kills more than 137,000 people each year – and about 60 percent of its victims are female. Neurologist Cathy Sila, MD, explains that some risk factors are more common in women than men, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and atrial fibrillation (arrhythmia in the heartbeat). Women with migraine with aura, depression and emotional stress are also more likely to suffer stroke. Additional risk factors include hormone use, pregnancy and ...

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