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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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How delaying care can lead to devastating health consequences

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), visits to hospital emergency departments nationwide dropped 42 percent in April at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, from a mean of 2.1 million a week in 2019 to 1.2 million in 2020. Many people experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack, stroke or other …

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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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Why you should still go to the ED for stroke symptoms during COVID-19

With so much attention on the COVID-19 virus, it’s important to remember that other medical emergencies, like strokes, can still occur during the pandemic. In the event of a stroke, time is of the essence. Common stroke symptoms While staying alert to coronavirus symptoms and following the recommended safety protocols, you should still watch out for …

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Blood clot or not? How to recognize the signs

When Bennett Glazer’s shortness of breath wouldn’t go away after a few months, he knew something was off. He had also developed a mild cough and was having trouble sleeping, all unusual symptoms for this fit 74-year-old. Others also noticed that he seemed more breathless than usual when walking or going up a flight of …

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Could low cholesterol actually raise your stroke risk?

You’re likely well aware of the dangers of high cholesterol. Over time, elevated cholesterol — specifically LDL cholesterol, the kind many people refer to as “bad” cholesterol — causes your arteries to harden and narrow. Having high cholesterol can significantly increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. For most adults, less than 200 mg/dl …

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How stroke care is evolving to improve patient recovery

The story of medicine over the last 100 years has been one of tremendous progress. Over the past decade, care for stroke — a leading cause of death and disability in the United States — has seen particularly exciting advances. With all the media coverage about cancer and heart attack, though, stroke is often overlooked …

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In stroke care and treatment, every minute matters

Stroke causes an estimated 140,000 deaths each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The longer a stroke is in progress, the greater the risk of permanent brain damage or death. This is why Comprehensive Stroke Centers are designed around very rapid diagnosis and treatment. For every minute a patient is having a …

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