Stroke Warning Signs: A stroke is a serious medical emergency. It occurs when the brain tissue is deprived of oxygen and nutrients due to interrupted or severely reduced blood supply. The brain cells begin to die within minutes and prompt treatment is crucial. It is important to take early action to minimize brain damage or even death. Learning to think and act F.A.S.T can save a life or help limit the long-term effects of a stroke.
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Women & Stroke: Stroke is a major medical emergency and if you or someone you know is at risk of stroke, be sure to act F.A.S.T. and receive medical treatment right away. Many risk factors can increase the likelihood of having a stroke. Women are more at risk for stroke than men because, generally, women live longer and have more risk factors. It’s important to learn about your family’s medical history and if you may be more prone to strokes due to certain or multiple risk factors.
How Music Therapy Can Help People with Chronic Illnesses: Music can serve many purposes. We use music to distract ourselves from the morning commute, unwind from a stressful day or as fuel for a grueling workout. While most everyone can agree that music evokes an emotional response from a listener, many people underestimate the therapeutic qualities music has to offer.
About 76,000 pregnant women worldwide die each year from preeclampsia and other related hypertensive disorders. Preeclampsia awareness month helps to improve, educate, and raise awareness about maternal healthcare across the globe. The Preeclampsia Foundation’s theme for Preeclampsia Awareness Month 2016 is: The Faces of Preeclampsia: Any Woman, Any Pregnancy.
What is Preeclampsia?
Preeclampsia is a condition that occurs during pregnancy and postpartum that is characterized by high blood pressure and affects 5 to 8 % of all pregnancies. Preeclampsia typically occurs after 20 weeks of being pregnant. Women who are at risk for this medical condition are obese, became pregnant in their early teens or after the age of 40, have a family history of the disorder, or are carrying multiple babies.
What is Alert Day?
American Diabetes Association Alert Day, observed annually on the 4th Tuesday in March, is a one-day wake-up call to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes, particularly when diabetes is left undiagnosed or untreated. Another goal of the event is to encourage more people to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Americans are urged to take the risk test, share it, and start living a healthy and active lifestyle. Diabetes Alert Day 2016 is on Tuesday, March 22. The American Diabetes Association created Alert Day as part of its awareness programs in 1986. It has been a part of their growing diabetes education and prevention efforts in the United States ever since.
How good is your heart health?
Just this week, a study found that fewer of us are maintaining a heart-healthy lifestyle. Participants in the study failed to keep their blood pressure and cholesterol to in check and maintain a healthy weight. These factors increase the risk for heart disease, underscoring the importance of what the American Heart Association identifies as life's simple 7.
Men’s health week is to spread the awareness of being healthy, with encouragement to early detection and treatment among men and boys. Did you know that leading causes of death in men and boys are cancer, heart disease, and accidents (unintentional injuries)?
10 Major Health Problems among Men:
Do you have a family member that recently suffered from a stroke, or brain injury? Did you know that about 750,000 strokes occur each year in the USA?
What is Aphasia?
Researchers in the United States and Canada have found that daily consumption of non-oil-seed legumes – like chickpeas, lentils or peas – can significantly reduce “bad cholesterol” and cut the risk of heart disease.
People who ate one three-quarter-cup serving of legumes daily had a 5-percent reduction in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels – a decrease that suggests a 5- to 6-percent reduced risk of major vascular events such as heart attack and stroke.
“Legumes are generally considered healthy, but there [are no guidelines] about their intake from public policy officials,” said Dr. John Sievenpiper of the Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Center in Canada, lead author of the study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Sievenpiper added that “legumes can complement statins” in the fight against cholesterol, serving as a crucial ingredient in “a healthy diet portfolio” for the general population, regardless of heart disease.
Nutritionists and preventive cardiologists not involved in the research said the new findings were noteworthy.
“It is a well-known fact that high-soluble, fiber-rich foods, like legumes, produce significant effects on LDL numbers and actually add to the cholesterol-lowering effects of statins,” said Dr. Chip Lavie, medical director of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Preventive Cardiology at Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute in Louisiana.
Lavie added that while a 5-percent reduction may not seem huge, studies show that for every 1 percent fall in cholesterol, there is a 1- to 2-percent fall in cardiovascular risk.
“People should seriously think about adopting legumes in their diet,” he said. “The LDL-lowering effect aside, it’s a healthy thing to be doing, anyway.”
Dr. Walter Willett, a nutritionist and epidemiologist at The Harvard School of Public Health, agreed.
“[The study] appears to be a useful summary of the literature on metabolic effects of legume consumption and suggests that there are benefits, especially if beans or other legumes replace red meat,” Willett said.
There may be another benefit, as well – to the environment. Willett said that if more Americans replaced some of the red meat they eat with legumes, it could cut greenhouse gas production and other adverse environmental effects linked to livestock production.
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WEDNESDAY, April 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- College football players show signs of having stiffer blood vessels than their leaner peers who don't play football, according to new research.