Heart Attack in Middle Age May Be Tougher on Women

Women who survive a heart attack before age 55 tend to face more complications over the coming months than men do, new research suggests. One year after their heart attack, women had worse physical functioning, poorer mental functioning and a lower quality of life than men who survived their heart attack, the study found. The researchers can only speculate on the reasons for these results, “but we’re definitely finding that women are generally already in worse […]

Is This Stress or a Stroke?

Are you stressed out? Is your head throbbing, and you just don’t feel right? Worried you’re having a stroke? You’re probably not. Anxiety, migraines, blood sugar changes, and lots of other things can make you feel weak and funny — and they’re much more likely. But call 911 right away if any of these suddenly happen to you: A terrible headache, worse than you’ve ever had before Weakness on one side of your body Trouble walking, talking, […]

Take Charge of Your Blood Pressure

They call high blood pressure “the silent killer” because so many people are walking around with it and don’t even know it. Government statistics indicate that roughly 29% (or about one in three) American adults have high blood pressure, compared with 25% in the early 1990s. With the rising rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes, it comes as no surprise that higher rates of high blood pressure would follow. It doesn’t help that one out of four of […]

Your Balance on One Leg & Your Stroke Risk Linked

If you can’t balance on one leg for at least 20 seconds you may be at risk of a stroke, Japanese researchers suggest. Difficulty standing on one leg may indicate that small strokes or tiny bleeds have already occurred, which means the risk for more serious strokes is high, the investigators reported online Dec. 18 in the journal Stroke. “Individuals showing instability while standing on one leg, as well as problems walking, should receive increased attention, as […]

Tips for Power Walking

Every hour you spend walking may add 2 hours to your life, research suggests. Brisk walking can help trim your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and depression. To reap the benefits of walking and stay injury-free, try these tips. Wear comfy, well-fitting shoes. They should be lightweight and breathable. Look for thick cushioning in the heel, good support, and flexibility. Replace them after 3 to 6 months. Start with a warm-up. Stroll at a comfortable pace for […]

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