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What to Do When Someone is Having a Stroke

June 2, 2017

No one wants to see a loved one experience a stroke. However, if you suspect your loved one is suffering from a stroke or transient ischemic attack, you need to help them as quickly as possible.Continue Reading

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Stay Fit and Safe During Summer

June 1, 2017

Summer is finally here! It's a great time to enjoy all of your favorite activities outside, including your daily workout. But spending time outdoors also comes with risks and concerns. Follow these tips to beat the heat, stay safe, and get the best results: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate before, during, and after exercise. Staying well hydrated is very essential to avoid illnesses such as heat stroke or exhaustion. Pick the right time to work out, preferably in the morning or evening. The temperatures are typically cooler during those times. Apply sunscreen to protect your skin. The American... Continue Reading

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What are the Warning Signs of a Stroke?

May 31, 2017

When someone is having a stroke, their brain isn't getting the adequate blood or oxygen it needs to function. Help must be given as quickly as possible so that serious and lasting problems don't occur, and to improve the chances of recovery. Symptoms of a Stroke There are occasions when a stroke develops gradually but this is rare. In most cases, symptoms of a stroke happen suddenly. Some of the most common symptoms of a stroke are: Numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially if only one side is affected Confusion or difficulty understanding what other people are saying... Continue Reading

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Stroke 101: Definition, Prevention and Treatment

May 30, 2017

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. At Augusta Health, stroke care is coordinated through our Stroke Team, a multidisciplinary group that includes physicians, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, health educators and other medical professionals. The team focuses not just on the treatment of those who have experienced a stroke, but also on prevention of stroke through educating the community about symptoms and risk factors. Robert McMahon, MD, FAAN On May 24, 2017, Robert McMahon, MD, FAAN , a neurologist at Augusta Health and member of the... Continue Reading

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How Diabetes Increases Your Risk of Stroke

May 30, 2017

Nearly 100 million people in the United States suffer from diabetes or prediabetes. Unfortunately, individuals who have diabetes are also 2 to 4 times more likely to have a stroke. They also tend to develop heart disease or experience strokes at a much earlier age. With this in mind, it’s important to understand the relationship between diabetes and stroke so you can take steps to stay healthy.Continue Reading

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6 Heart Health Risks You Can Control

May 25, 2017

When it comes to your keeping your heart healthy, there are some factors that you may not be able to control. Changing your genetic history is impossible, but there are some things you can change to reduce your risk of heart disease. You may not realize it but changing the risk factors you can control will also help you decrease your overall risks and make the factors you can't control less of a risk. Here are six heart health risks you can start tackling right away. Improve Your Diet One of the biggest changes you can do to minimize your risk of heart disease is to change what you eat... Continue Reading

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How Depression and Stress Raise Heart Attack Risks

May 23, 2017

Have you ever drowned your sorrows or your anxiety in a big bowl of chocolate ice cream? When you're feeling anxious or depressed, it's easy to open the fridge and reach for a heaping helping of comfort food. The trouble is that thinking about your heart health is vital, even when you're not feeling your best. Of course, this is often easier said than done, but it's a life and death matter because of heart disease the number one killer in America. People who are depressed or anxious don't always make healthy choices because these feelings can be overwhelming. Your mental health exerts an... Continue Reading

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Why Skipping Breakfast is Bad for Your Heart

May 19, 2017

The old cliché, "breakfast is the most important meal of the day" may have been around for some time, but it seems that this sage advice holds more than a kernel of truth. According to a study published in the medical journal Circulation in July 2013, men who skip their morning breakfasts have a 27 percent greater chance of developing coronary artery disease or experiencing a heart attack than men who regularly eat breakfast. The study, conducted by researchers from Harvard School of Public Health followed 26,902 men mostly of white European descent, between the ages of 45 and 82 from 1992 to... Continue Reading

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Ask A Pharmacist: What is the clot-busting drug for stroke treatment?

May 18, 2017

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. At Augusta Health, stroke care is coordinated through our Stroke Team, and multidisciplinary group that includes physicians, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, health educators and other medical professionals. The team focuses not just on the treatment of those who have experienced a stroke, but also on prevention of stroke through educating the community about symptoms and risk factors. Mary Beth Linstra, PharmD Answer provided by Mary Beth Linstra, PharmD, clinical staff pharmacist and member of... Continue Reading

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Are Energy Drinks Bad for Heart Health?

May 16, 2017

Energy drinks contain more than three to five times the amount of caffeine found in one can of soda. The popularity of these drinks has skyrocketed since first introduced to the market, and with this popularity, increasing scrutiny. Heart rhythm problems, high blood pressures, and in some rare cases, cardiac arrest has been linked to these drinks. Energy Drinks Powering Record Number of ER Visits According to a report compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, ER visits due to energy drink consumption doubled from 2007 to 2011. Symptoms including rapid... Continue Reading

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