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North Carolina mom becomes caregiver after teen daughter’s stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Jasmine Harris had a stroke six months before her high school graduation.

It started with a headache a couple days before Christmas. The family from Raleigh, North Carolina, had spent the day volunteering so her mother, La’Wana Harris, assumed her 17-year-old daughter was just tired.

But the […]

November 3rd, 2017|Categories: Blacks, Blog, caregiver, Children, multicultural, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke, Youth Markets|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on North Carolina mom becomes caregiver after teen daughter’s stroke

New report raises concerns about the cardiovascular health of African-Americans

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

While heart disease and stroke — and deaths from those diseases — have declined in the United States in recent decades, those advances have not been shared equally in the African-American community. A panel of experts has been trying to find out why.

The result is […]

October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Blacks, Blog, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, multicultural, Obesity, Patients, Prevention, Research|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on New report raises concerns about the cardiovascular health of African-Americans

Another risk identified from ‘stress diabetes’ — and a possible new way to measure it

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A condition known as stress hyperglycemia, sometimes called “stress diabetes,” can occur temporarily after a heart attack or stroke. Even in non-diabetic patients, blood glucose levels may spike during recovery. Such spikes are problematic: People diagnosed with acute stress hyperglycemia are more likely to die […]

October 19th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Patients, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Another risk identified from ‘stress diabetes’ — and a possible new way to measure it

Young Hispanic-Americans could face a future plagued by health risks

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Heart disease and stroke researchers say the writing is on the wall for young Hispanic-Americans. If worrisome health trends continue, they may be sicker than their parents and grandparents when they reach that age — or perhaps sooner.

Hispanic-American adults of any race have […]

Home from college, New York teen suffers stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Like many teenagers, Jillian Marks had a flair for the dramatic as she navigated adolescence. Then she encountered real drama, provided by a word that young people don’t expect to hear: stroke.

“I do tend to overreact,” said Jillian, a sophomore at the State University of […]

October 13th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Patients, Stroke, Women, Youth Markets|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Home from college, New York teen suffers stroke

Office pop-in comes at just the right time for Washington man having stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Television producer Lane Ficke was chatting with videographer Dave Gordon about plans for the next day when Gordon suddenly stopped talking mid-sentence.

“His face just scrunched up and then he turned and stared at his computer,” Ficke said.

Ficke initially thought Gordon was playing a joke, and […]

October 12th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Office pop-in comes at just the right time for Washington man having stroke

Two strokes, decades apart, and a cancer diagnosis in between

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Belinda De La Rosa was driving to a doctor’s appointment for what she thought was tennis elbow. A nagging pain in her left arm had been bothering her for days.

She happened to be passing a hospital on that day in 1997 when the […]

October 2nd, 2017|Categories: Blog, Hispanic, multicultural, Patients, Stroke, Women|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Two strokes, decades apart, and a cancer diagnosis in between

Stopping daily aspirin increases heart attack, stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For heart attack survivors and people at high risk for one, a low-dose aspirin is part of the daily routine to prevent a heart attack or stroke. But for those who don’t stick to that routine, the rate of heart attacks, strokes or deaths from one […]

September 25th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Heart Attack, Patients, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Stopping daily aspirin increases heart attack, stroke risk

A tale of two cousins: How high cholesterol can be due to genetics

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

First cousins Lisa Lee-Ranson and Lori Young have lost more than a dozen of their relatives to heart disease.

Young’s father died after an evening jog from a heart attack at age 32, when she was only 4 years old.

Ranson’s father had his first heart attack […]

September 22nd, 2017|Categories: Blog, Cholesterol|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on A tale of two cousins: How high cholesterol can be due to genetics

Study: Mexican-Americans face much higher stroke risk – with diabetes a major contributing factor

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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A new study found that middle-aged Mexican-Americans faced double the risk of stroke compared with white people, with diabetes considered a major contributing factor.

Ischemic strokes are the most common and occur when an artery supplying blood to the brain is blocked.

The role of […]

September 21st, 2017|Categories: Blog, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Hispanic, multicultural, Patients, Prevention, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Study: Mexican-Americans face much higher stroke risk – with diabetes a major contributing factor