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Southern Food Increases Stroke Risk While Clot-Buster Drugs Support Treatment

  • Strokes are the fourth highest cause of death in the U.S., a byproduct of heart disease, which is the number one cause of death for women. Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the U.S.
  • Blockage in the arteries prevents blood from transporting oxygen to the brain, which causes the stroke, as well as heart attack.
  • A traditional Southern-style diet may increases the risk for stroke, as fried and fatty foods are linked to heart disease. Stroke risk went up 41 percent when Southern meals were eaten six times per week.
  • A “clot-buster” drug may support stroke treatment best. Research out of Italy shows that newer endovascular treatments may not be as effective as traditional IV therapy as a first approach.
  • One in 12 stroke survivors has considered suicide, which is three percent more than suicidal thoughts by heart attack survivors. Including depression treatment may be necessary for post-stroke therapies.

Read more at GoRedForWomen.org and US News.

 

 

 

February 8th, 2013

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