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How to Reduce Your Risk of a Stroke With Psoriasis

There is increasing evidence that psoriasis is associated with a higher risk of stroke and other cardiovascular disorders as compared to the general population.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.
Luke Perry in 1994 on the left and in 2016 on the right.

Luke Perry's Death By Stroke Is a Wakeup Call For Gen X

If you think stroke is for your parents age, well, we’ve got news for you — you are the "parent's age" now. Stroke in your 50s is not uncommon, but it is preventable.

By Abby Gardner
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Diet Soda Danger for Older Women: Stroke

Postmenopausal women who drink multiple diet drinks per day have a higher risk for stroke than women who don’t drink beverages with artificial sweeteners.

By Diane Domina
Senior man, stroke survivor, walking with a cane in the woods with his adult daughter.

'Healthy Thoughts' May Lower Blood Pressure in Stroke Survivors

Stroke survivors who believe they can take steps to prevent a subsequent brain attack have significantly lower blood pressure than survivors who feel hopeless.

By Diane Domina
Elderly man alone at home.

Stroke Doubles Dementia Risk, Large Study Finds

After adjusting for dementia risk factors, people who've had a stroke are twice as likely to develop dementia, according to study involving 3.2 million people.

By Diane Domina
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The Connection Between Your Heart and Thyroid

Thyroid problems are a common cause of heart-related symptoms and conditions that increase your risk of heart attack, heart failure, and stroke.

By Mary Shomon
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Stroke Death Rates Stop Declining

Stroke death rates are no longer declining but increasing in southern states and among the Hispanic population.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.
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Hospital Waits Are Risky for Stroke Patients

Every minute counts during a stroke, but disabling or deadly delays occur frequently after patients reach a hospital’s emergency room for treatment.

By Pete Kelly
Higher Blood Pressure Target Linked to Greater Stroke Risk

Higher Blood Pressure Target Linked to Greater Stroke Risk

Research suggests that raising the target for high blood pressure treatment may increase stroke risk.

By Sherrie Negrea
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10 Risk Factors for Stroke

Some stroke risks, such as your age, are out of your control. The good news is that 90 percent of the factors that cause strokes can be modified.

By HealthAfter50