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  • Mediterranean-style diet may lower women’s stroke risk

    September 20, 2018 Categories: Stroke News

    Study Highlights: Following a Mediterranean-style diet (high in fish, fruits and nuts, vegetables and beans and lower in meat and dairy) reduced stroke risk in women over 40, but not in men. The Mediterranean-style diet reduced stroke risk among white adults who were at high risk of cardiovascular disease.

  • Anxiety, depression, other mental distress may increase heart attack, stroke risk in adults over 45

    August 28, 2018 Categories: Heart News, Stroke News

    Study Highlights: Anxiety, depression and other mental distress was associated with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke among adults ages 45 or older, even after factoring for lifestyle behaviors and disease history. The associations were slightly stronger for stroke among women than men. The risk of a heart attack was higher than expected among men ages 45 to 79 with high levels of mental distress.

  • Breastfeeding may help protect mothers against stroke

    August 22, 2018 Categories: Stroke News

    Study Highlights: Breastfeeding was associated with a lower risk of stroke in post-menopausal women who reported breastfeeding at least one child. The association between breastfeeding and lower risk of stroke was stronger in women who breastfed for longer than six months and for black women.

  • Most black adults have high blood pressure before age 55

    July 11, 2018 Categories: Heart News, Stroke News

    Study Highlights: Approximately 75 percent of black men and women develop high blood pressure by age 55 compared to 55 percent of white men and 40 percent of white women of the same age. Both black and white study participants who ate a DASH-style diet had a reduced risk of developing high blood pressure.

  • World Trade Center response crews may face higher heart attack, stroke risk

    July 10, 2018 Categories: Heart News, Stroke News

    Study Highlights: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may increase the risk for stroke and heart attack in both male and female city workers and volunteers who cleaned debris in the aftermath of the World Trade Center plane attack on September 11, 2001. The study sheds light on long-term consequences of PTSD 11-15 years after the event occurred in a general population.