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What to expect when you go to the ED with stroke symptoms

If you or a loved one is experiencing stroke symptoms, it’s time to get to the emergency department—ASAP. That’s because if there’s a blood clot in the brain, the longer the blood flow and oxygenation to the brain are affected, the sooner that tissue can die. When stroke physicians say, “time is brain,” their goal …

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Are you at risk for stroke? And what you can do to lower your odds

Although stroke is known as the “silent killer,” there are some things you can do to reduce your risk and even prevent strokes before they happen. Thomas Madaelil, MD, a neurointerventional surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Plano, tells us how. Ischemic strokes (aka the most common type) …

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Empowering dementia caregivers with life-changing support

The population of elderly adults in the U.S. continues to grow, leaving many families with the often difficult job of caring for them as they age. In fact, 83 percent of long-term care provided to older adults comes from family members or other unpaid helpers. As the population of older adults grows, so do the expectations of …

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How COVID-19 increases your risk of stroke

You’re likely well aware of the common symptoms and complications of the COVID-19 virus like difficulty breathing and pneumonia. But you may be surprised to learn that the novel coronavirus can also increase your risk of heart and vascular problems, including strokes. The connection between COVID-19 and clotting As we learn more about the COVID-19 …

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Dancing as therapy: After stroke, husband and wife rediscover love for dance

For Hsujeng and Amy Liu, dancing has always been their love language. They met while dancing at a birthday party in 1976 and have been dancing through life together ever since. “He was a gentleman, which was extremely rare on the dance floor,” Amy said. “It also helped that he was a good dancer.” When …

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After major stroke, cyclist grateful to be back on the bike

As an avid cyclist of more than 50 years, Jim Crawford enjoys several long bike rides every week, totaling about 150 miles. But after a near-fatal stroke, he is grateful to be alive, much less back on the bicycle. One day in January, Jim went for his usual ride. After he finished, he entered the …

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My head hurts! Is it a migraine or just a normal headache?

Do you often find yourself having trouble deciphering if the pain you’re feeling is just a bad headache or a migraine? Don’t worry — you aren’t alone. Headaches and migraines can be difficult to distinguish, even for practiced healthcare providers.  Being a family medicine physician and migraine sufferer myself, I’ve seen the full spectrum of …

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How to get virtual concussion treatment at home

Over the past few months, healthcare providers across the globe were forced to adapt quickly in order to continue caring for our patients in a safe and secure environment amid COVID-19. At the Baylor Scott & White Sports Concussion Program, we quickly turned to modern technology to transform the delivery of concussion care.  Months later, we …

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Concussion signs and symptoms

With up to 3.8 million sports-related concussions occurring each year, it is possible that you or someone in your family will at some point sustain a concussion.  While concussions are serious injuries, with the right information and action plan, you can not only recover but in most cases, return to sports safely and quickly. Research …

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