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One of the symptoms of a stroke is severe headache. Wow can a stroke be prevented?

One of the symptoms of a stroke is severe headache. Wow can a stroke be prevented?

Many ways: There are many reasons for a stroke. High blood pressure, embolic, cerebral aneurysm rupture, or bleeding problems. If high blood pressure the source, control blood pressure. If you have infected or artificial heart valves, use coumadin (warfarin). If carotid stenosis, control cholesterol, take mini asoirin, carotid enderectomy surgery if necessary. Cerebral aneurysm repair or coil placed. Pineapple, dark ch. ...Read more

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What are the prevention measures for a stroke?

What are the prevention measures for a stroke?

Stroke prevention: Strokes are caused by multiple factors, high blood pressure, elevated lipids, family history and even some heart problems. Risks such as blood pressure and elevated lipids can be modified or treated with diet or meds. Other risks such as family history really can't be changed. Also taking one Aspirin daily has been shown to lower an individuals risk of stroke. ...Read more

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Is a stroke preventable?

Is a stroke preventable?

Perhaps: If one stays in good health, gets proper nutrition, exercises, reduces stress, avoid alcohol excess, drugs, tobacco, salt excess and risky behaviors, then strok can be prevented (primary prevention). If you treat conditions known to cause stroke, ie, treat hypertension, diabetes and high lipids, (secondary prevention) then you can prevent stroke. It' a global thing to prevent stroke. ...Read more

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What is a stroke and the different types of stroke?

Lack of blood: Generally, there are 2 types of stroke that ultimately result from not enough oxygen getting to the brain: 1 - ischemic (represents ~70%) is due to a blockage that results in not enough blood flow 2 - hemorrhagic (which is less often) results when a blood vessel bursts and blood spills out uncontrollably, may end up resulting compression on the brain given the limited volume in the skull. ...Read more

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Is there a risk of stroke from a deep massage of the neck?

Is there a risk of stroke from a deep massage of the neck?

Maybe: Theoretically yes ... in some cases it can cause arterial dissection or tear of the vessel wall which leads to stroke ...Read more

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Is there an increased risk of stroke for migraine sufferers?

Yes: According to a study in the american journal of medicine (may 20, 2010)- migraine sufferers are about twice as likely to suffer stoke. It's important to reduce your risk factors for strokes- control blood pressure, lose weight and stop smoking. ...Read more

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Is there a link between migraine and the risk of having a stroke?

Is there a link between migraine and the risk of having a stroke?

Definitely, yes: Migraine patients are also at increased risk for developing a cerebrovascular event such as stroke or transient ischemic attack. Ask your doctor for more information and migraine prevention management. ...Read more

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How important is cardiac rehabilitation in the prevention of a 2nd heart attack?

How important is cardiac rehabilitation in the prevention of a 2nd heart attack?

Heart attack: It is helpful specifically if you have moderate heart disease, heart failure and or haven't excercised in the past and need education on those aspects. The prevention of a subsequent heart attack is based not only on rehab but also controlling risk factors eg diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, diet and smoking cessation. ...Read more

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Who is at risk of getting a stroke?

Risk for stroke: People at risk for a stroke are people with high blood pressure, people who smoke, people with diabetes mellitus, people with atrial fibrillation, people with elevated blood cholesterol, or people with carotid artery disease. Many of these conditions are tested for in routine physician check ups. ...Read more

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What is the role of arixtra in the prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation?

What is the role of arixtra in the prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation?

Limited: This particular agent is only given subcutaneously so its use is pretty much limited to, if we just focus on atrial fibrillation here, those patients who cannot take an oral anticoagulant but are felt by their doctors to be at high risk for an embolic stroke or event in the setting of atrial fibrillation. There are oral medications that have similar mechanisms of action and validated efficacy. ...Read more

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What is the role of arixtra in the prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation?

What is the role of arixtra in the prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation?

They haven't paid up: Until they they go through untrackable bribing process and get the indication, just have to use unofficially. ...Read more

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Is aphasia a symptom of hemorrhagic stroke?

Is aphasia a symptom of hemorrhagic stroke?

It's possible: Aphasia (inability to speak or understand speech) is caused by damage (ischemia or hemorrhage- bleeding) to certain parts of the brain (usually on the left brain for right handed patients) that control speaking and understanding speech. Tumors in those areas can also affect speech. ...Read more

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Role of arixtra in the prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fib?

Role of arixtra in the prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fib?

Clot prevention: Arixtra is a blood thinner that reduces the chance for blood clots to form and cause a stroke. Not a chronic treatment choice though. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors of stroke and preventions?

Many risk factors: Risk factors 1 family history 2 hypertenssion 3 hyperlipidemia 4smoking 5atrial fibrilation 6 diabetes mellitus 7obesity 8 lack of physical activities 8alcohol and drug abuse 9anticoagulant meds 10race &old age 11 previous stroke prevention 1stop smoking 2chech up and regular follow ups with the doctor 3 keep blood pressure&cholesterol control 4aspirin over age 50 5 exercise 6avoid obesity. ...Read more

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What is the role of anticoagulation in stroke?

What is the role of anticoagulation in stroke?

Questinable: I presume you are asking about heparin/coumadin. They are used in condition like dissection of artery to brain-still not a evidence based, atrial fibrillation or source of emboli from heart, some hyper coagulate states.Use of Heparin in other type of stroke is not advised. ...Read more

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Is an embolism the cause of a stroke?

Is an embolism the cause of a stroke?

Yes: Cerebrovascular embolism of a clot, plaque, tumor, valvular vegetation, or air bubble can cause a stroke by blocking a small brain artery which deprives a portion of the brain tissue its oxygen supply resulting in stroke. ...Read more

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Purpose of arixtra in the prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation?

Purpose of arixtra in the prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation?

Low molecular wt hep: It's a low molecular weight heparin, given subcutaneously to anti-coagulate ("thin the blood") and prevent clotting. ...Read more

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What is Heat stroke a risk factor for?

What is Heat stroke a risk factor for?

Heat Stroke!: Heat stroke is the most serious form of heat injury and is considered a medical emergency. If you suspect that someone has heat stroke -- also known as sunstroke -- call an ambulance immediately and give first aid until paramedics arrive. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/heat-stroke-symptoms-and-treatment#1 ...Read more

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Which is better erythrocytopheresis or simple blood transfusion for the prevention of childhood stroke?

Which is better erythrocytopheresis or simple blood transfusion for the prevention of childhood stroke?

Pheresis: If the risk for stroke is due to increased red cell mass in the blood, which makes the blood thicker, then removing just the red cells by apheresis is an option. Please refer to a children's hospital hematology department for more specific answer. ...Read more

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What are the prevention measures for a stroke?

Stroke prevention: Strokes are caused by multiple factors, high blood pressure, elevated lipids, family history and even some heart problems. Risks such as blood pressure and elevated lipids can be modified or treated with diet or meds. Other risks such as family history really can't be changed. Also taking one Aspirin daily has been shown to lower an individuals risk of stroke. ...Read more

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How long do.U.Stay on clopridogel for.It was prescribed for.Prevention of stroke .Many thanks?

How long do.U.Stay on clopridogel for.It was prescribed for.Prevention of stroke .Many thanks?

Usually.: Usually people will just stay on it. But discuss it with your physician as each patients treatment is individualized. ...Read more

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Purpose of arixtra in the prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation?

Low molecular wt hep: It's a low molecular weight heparin, given subcutaneously to anti-coagulate ("thin the blood") and prevent clotting. ...Read more

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What is the role of arixtra in the prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation?

Limited: This particular agent is only given subcutaneously so its use is pretty much limited to, if we just focus on atrial fibrillation here, those patients who cannot take an oral anticoagulant but are felt by their doctors to be at high risk for an embolic stroke or event in the setting of atrial fibrillation. There are oral medications that have similar mechanisms of action and validated efficacy. ...Read more

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What is the role of arixtra in the prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation?

They haven't paid up: Until they they go through untrackable bribing process and get the indication, just have to use unofficially. ...Read more

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Role of arixtra in the prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fib?

Clot prevention: Arixtra is a blood thinner that reduces the chance for blood clots to form and cause a stroke. Not a chronic treatment choice though. ...Read more

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Prevention for stroke from high blood pressure?

Prevention for stroke from high blood pressure?

Keep it low, and....: Keep your BP low, even if it means medicine. Of course, eat healthy foods, keep weight down, get regular exercise and make sure you control cholesterol. Don't smoke. See your doctor regularly for an exam. Discuss your concerns! ...Read more

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What are the risk factors of stroke and preventions?

Many risk factors: Risk factors 1 family history 2 hypertenssion 3 hyperlipidemia 4smoking 5atrial fibrilation 6 diabetes mellitus 7obesity 8 lack of physical activities 8alcohol and drug abuse 9anticoagulant meds 10race &old age 11 previous stroke prevention 1stop smoking 2chech up and regular follow ups with the doctor 3 keep blood pressure&cholesterol control 4aspirin over age 50 5 exercise 6avoid obesity. ...Read more

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How do you do stroke prevention for people?

Treat causation: Common causes include diabetes, high tryglycerides, hypertension, heart disease, traumatic dissection damage to large blood vessels in neck, carotid stenosis, and all can be theoretically treated and controlled. Less common risks should also be treated, including sleep apnea, high homocysteine, sickle cell anemia, protein c and s deficiencies, anti-phospholipid ab syndrome. ...Read more

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Any quick measure we could take towards stroke prevention?

Any quick measure we could take towards stroke prevention?

Healthy lifestyle: General recommendation is to control blood pressure, cholesterol levels, glucose levels (if diabetic), adhere to a healthy diet (mediterranean is great!), quit smoking and be physically active (at least 30 minutes per day 3 times a week). ...Read more

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What can be done for stroke prevention for someone who is having tias but is very active outdoors?

TIA: Not enough information to even begin... First things first: overweight? High blood pressure? Smoking? High cholesterol? Yourself? Active outdoors doesn't help... If you have high blood pressure and be "active" may actually endanger you (if you have high blood pressure it goes up even higher during exercise). ...Read more

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What is medicinal therapy for stroke prevention?

Blood thinners: Most strokes are caused by a brain infarction because of cholesterol plaques clotted producing obstruction to the blood flow to the tissue of a area of the brain. Less likely a hemorrhage in the brain. We use aspirin, Aggrenox , plavix, (clopidogrel) warfarin or Pradaxa as "blood thinners" to prevent strokes. We have to control blood pressure with meds too. ...Read more

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Is there a "best medical therapy" for stroke prevention?

Is there a "best medical therapy" for stroke prevention?

For secondary only: There is no approved therapy for primary stroke prevention. For secondary stroke prevention (already had a stroke), best medical therapy includes, blood pressure control, Aspirin or Plavix (clopidogrel) or anticoagution for atrial fibrillation, and a statin. If you smoke..Stop! blood sugar control to maintain hga1c in the normal range. A walk even with a walker 2->3x /wk if possible. A reasonable diet. ...Read more

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Is the Watchman device better for stroke prevention than Xarelto? Thanks

Is the Watchman device better for stroke prevention than Xarelto? Thanks

The verdict is: still out. The watchman device to seal off LAA is still considered investigational therapy, and needs to be put in in expert hands with all the attendant risks of an invasive procedure. AT your young age, it is still unknown the long-term efficacy of this device. More importantly in you, it would be important to see an EP cardiologist and ger an opinion on doing a MAZE/ablation procedure to sinus ...Read more

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If im not on prevention meds for migraines, and I have aura and nausea with the pains, can I have a stroke?

There is risk: The aura of migraine are often associated with spasm of blood vessels into the brain. Risk of stroke increases on birth control, smoking, use of vasoconstrictive agents, poor health habits, diabetes, dehydration. Use of Aspirin can be preventative as well as good health habits and good headache management. ...Read more

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Which is better warfarine or sintromfor stroke prevention in afib are those home monitor device for INR accurate?

Which is better warfarine or sintromfor stroke prevention in afib are those home monitor device for
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Sintrom not in US: I have no experience with Sintrom & doubt that anyone on HealthTap does, as it is not used in the US. Warfarin is quite common, though in atrial fibrillation, newer drugs like Rivaroxaban are being used because they don't require INR. According to published data, Warfarin has a longer effective period (36 hr vs 10 hr) than Sintrom, & therefore less fluctuation in INR. Fingerstick INR shld be accur ...Read more