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Unexplained health mysteries solved through determination

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Dan Merritt was trim, healthy and active, happily dividing his time among golf, gardening and grandchildren – the kind of person most people don’t think are at risk of strokes.

But he had at least three strokes, along with a few minor incidents, that doctors couldn’t […]

New electrical stimulation therapy improves hand function for stroke survivors

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A new electrical stimulation therapy improved hand dexterity for stroke survivors more than an existing technique, in a study released today.

Strokes, which strike about in 800,000 people in the United States each year, usually result in some degree of paralysis on one side of the […]

Exercising can help you keep medical costs down

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

You may have lower annual medical costs by exercising at recommended levels weekly, according to a study released Wednesday.

It’s known that regular moderate exercise can reduce risk of heart disease, stroke and chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The study’s findings also “emphasize […]

How one young woman eventually found out she’d had a mini-stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Amanda Thompson was happy and the picture of good health. Life was good.

Then on March 14, 2015, she felt an “intense pain” at the back of her neck near the end of a body pump class at the gym.

“I couldn’t finish,” Thompson said. “I got […]

Adults who develop asthma may have higher risk of heart disease, stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People who develop asthma as adults may be at greater risk of developing heart disease and having a stroke, according to new research.

“Though it’s usually not recognized as such, there are several different types of asthma, each with some unique features,” said Matthew C. Tattersall, […]

Go Red Get Fit adds challenges to promote healthy living

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Two-time stroke survivor Tamika Quinn had to change her entire lifestyle to lose the excess weight that hung on after the birth of her third child, focusing on heart-healthy foods and keeping portion sizes in check.

Quinn, who lives in Chesapeake, Virginia, is getting […]

Anemic adults may have higher risk of death after stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Older adults with anemia may have a higher risk of dying after a stroke, according to new research.

Anemia, a lack of red blood cells, is common in patients with acute stroke. Anemia and low hemoglobin levels, proteins in red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout […]

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Sitting too much may raise heart disease risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The old adage “move it or lose it” doesn’t only apply to couch potatoes. Even people who exercise regularly could be at increased risk for heart disease and stroke if they spend lots of time sitting, according to a science advisory from the American Heart […]

Art show offers stroke survivors a platform to share experiences

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The road to recovery after a stroke can be challenging. For some survivors, damage to the brain can hinder the ability to say what’s on their minds or to find the right words, while others may have difficulty walking or using a hand.

But rather than […]

17 million steps later, Minnesota man is on the road to good health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It wasn’t until a coworker suffered a devastating stroke that Tracy McKibben took a long, hard look at the stressful, sedentary lifestyle he was leading as an IT database administrator in a Minneapolis suburb.

“I’m 5-foot-8 and at the time I weighed 198 pounds,” McKibben recalls, […]