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Decline in stroke deaths reinforces importance of preventing “brain attack”

December 10, 2010
  • By Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

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Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

Pat Skerrett is the editor of STAT's First Opinion and host of the First Opinion podcast. He is the former editor of the Harvard Health blog and former Executive Editor of Harvard Health Publishing. Before that, he was editor of … See Full Bio
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January 10, 2012

This is really disturbing. Change in lifestyle and food we eat could really help significantly lessen this statistic. The decline is insignificant compared to the rise of sufferers.

Cara Merawat Kulit
November 6, 2011

I think so, People need to be better educated. Learning how to take care oneself takes the entire society! 🙂

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September 19, 2011

Stroke or not?? I have abserved an unbelievable story that could have been corrected over 2 years ago. My mother-n-law started with a headache on 04/01/2009 and then sat on her bed and presented classic stroke symtoms. Incoherent for hours and left side paralysis since. She did not show a visible stroke on the MRI or Cat. Several hospitol visits over the years and specialist with no improvements. It took a heart attack to reveil the true issue. The cardiac doctor found a 99% blockage in a major artery and opened it with a stint. Just hours later her left foot was tingling. The next day she had feeling and could walk and had control over her left arm. Of course she has to deal with two years of muscle deteriation.

Just enough blood flow to keep the brain alive but not functioning. Diabetic, family history and NO ONE CHECKED!!

Wolfgang Raddatz
September 11, 2011

Heart attack without symptoms. Here you can learn a lot about the subject of stroke and heart attack. The stroke, the clinical picture, and then the emergency. Origins, causes and treatment of heart attacks. A heart attack, symptoms, emergency heart attack and after the heart attack. The foundation stone for a heart attack is atherosclerosis? Our news system constantly provides news on the topics of stroke and heart attack. How to help a stroke patient? Wolfgang and Christine are both stroke-sufferers. What to do if a heart attack? A heart attack, a heart attack is often fatal! Life after stroke and how to continue. Causes, and Treatment of Schlaganfaellen. Diagnose heart attacks – what happened? What happens during a stroke?

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July 28, 2011

Only 40 percent of patients with atrial fibrillation in the US are treated with warfarin or any ant-coagulant, mostly because of concerns of bleeding. It is a nuisance for the patients and the doctors. But you know what a bigger nuisance is

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July 3, 2011

“More worrisome is that the decline in deaths from stroke isn’t matched by a decline in the number of strokes. On the rise since 1988, stroke now strikes almost 800,000 Americans a year, and that is expected to grow.”

This is really disturbing. Change in lifestyle and food we eat could really help significantly lessen this statistic. The decline is insignificant compared to the rise of sufferers.

Angel Rivera
May 14, 2011

Great Informative posting. Being crucial for an overall healthy environment,the brain and its outmost health tops it all.

dean r
April 10, 2011

We had better work on prevention since we are still 2400 years in the past when Hippocrates said; ‘It is impossible to cure a severe attack of apoplexy and difficult to cure a mild one.’ As a saurvivor it becomes quite obvious that no one in the world has any idea of how to do hard neuroplasticity or neurogenesis of the brain cells. And with no stategy or planning on where to go with stroke rehab we may as well just go back to caveman days. You didn’t eat, you starved, you didn’t walk you were left behind.

Bradley Enloe
January 25, 2011

Nice commentary. Last Month I found this web site and wanted to let you know that I have been gratified, going through your site’s posts. I shall be signing up to your RSS feed and shall wait for your next post. Cheers, Carol

December 23, 2010

If stroke is down to number 4 in the list of things that kill people. I wonder where “terrorist attacks” rank, it must be pretty high considering how much money we spend on making our military stronger and defense spending is off the chart each and every year. Call me naive…But I think I would invest some of that money in scientific research in order to come up with cures for diseases that are threat to our lives.

kind regard,


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Veronica Ren
December 18, 2010

People need to be better educated. Learning how to take care oneself takes the entire society!

December 15, 2010

This is a smart blog. I mean it. You have so much knowledge about this issue, and so much passion. You also know how to make people rally behind it, obviously from the responses. Youve got a design here thats not too flashy, but makes a statement as big as what youre saying. Great job, indeed.

Bodybuilding Foods
December 12, 2010

Exercise and diet are essential for preventing a variety of diseases not just stroke. If Americans took more time on this we could fix many of the obesity and heart problems over weight citizens have.

Pat Lassonde
May 30, 2011

Your June 2011 isue of Heart letter speaks of “stroke centers” and gives a web location to find one near one’s home. But I can find no mention of these centers on the website. What am I missing? I’d really like tis informaion.

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