You May Need This After a Stroke: ‘Stentriever’

Every second counts when it comes to effective stroke treatment. The longer a clot remains lodged in an artery of your brain, the longer your brain tissue starves for much-needed blood flow. That’s why the latest innovations in stroke treatment are focused on speed — getting blood flow to the brain restored as quickly and … Read More

Can These Foods Help Prevent Stroke?

What you eat each day can play a big role not just in weight control, but also in protecting you against stroke. So put down the potato chips and read on. “Food as it relates to stroke is all about prevention,” says certified nurse practitioner Susan Jaeger. “Your food choices can reduce the risk of … Read More

Stroke Before 50 May Shorten Life

Adults who suffer strokes under the age of 50 may have a significantly higher risk of dying within 20 years, a new study finds. Neurologist Irene Katzan, MD, was not part of the study but treats stroke patients at Cleveland Clinic. “Patients who are less than 50 years old and have a stroke not only … Read More

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Why Is Soda Not So Sweet?

Soda may taste sweet, but when you know it raises your stroke risk by 16 percent, it begins to fall flat. You might ask: what’s really the harm in drinking soda in moderation—say, a can a day? According to Adam Bernstein, MD, DSc, of Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, even that amount—even if it’s diet soda—can … Read More

Do You Drink Soda Every Day?

Lately, soda pop has been losing some of its fizz. Concerns are building about sugary beverages and their association with obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease. These concerns have fueled heated debate in New York City. In June 2012, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed a citywide ban on super-sized sodas. … Read More

Stroke and Depression — A Deadly Combination

It’s not surprising that 20 to 30 percent of people who suffer a stroke also develop depression. Because of the sudden onset of disability, they’re not able to do many of the everyday things they could do before. “It’s a traumatizing experience,” says Cleveland Clinic neurologist Irene Katzan, MD, who treats stroke patients. She says … Read More

Smokers Shave 10 Years from Life Expectancy

Most people associate cigarette smoking with breathing problems and lung cancer. But smoking is also strongly linked to cardiovascular disease. The link between smoking and cardiovascular disease Smoking is a major cause of atherosclerosis — a buildup of cholesterol, fatty cells and inflammatory deposits (called plaque) on the inner walls of the arteries that can … Read More

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Atrial Fibrillation and Your Brain

Atrial fibrillation (AF or aFib), a condition that affects your heart rhythm, does not get the same attention as other common health problems—but it should, says A. Marc Gillinov, MD, Surgical Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Atrial Fibrillation and author of the book Heart 411. “Atrial fibrillation does not have the same drama of a … Read More

Stroke Prevention: (Heart) Rhythm Matters

When it comes to decreasing the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation, rhythm matters. When patients are diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (aFib), a chaotic heartbeat pattern that is caused by irregular electrical activity, typical therapies include either drugs to control the heart rhythm (antiarrhythmic drugs such as  flecainide, procainamide, amiodarone or sotalol) or rate … Read More