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Green tea: Beverage, not medicine. Food and Drug
Administration, Letter of Denial, May 9, 2006.
Persistent pain common after stroke.
Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, May
In brief. Exercising improper restraint:
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, April 2006;
Bitter ain't better:
Mayo Clinic Proceedings, April 2006; Hearts and minds:
Dementia, January 2006.
A host of information is available on recognizing and coping with
post-traumatic stress disorder. The booklet "Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorder, A Real Illness" is available online from the
Institute of Mental Health or by calling 866-615-6464 (toll
free). The PTSD Alliance offers information and support to people
with the disorder, as well as their family and friends: at
or by calling 877-507-7873 (toll free). The National Center for Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorder, which is part of the U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs, offers in-depth background on PTSD aimed
primarily at combat veterans. Two books by Boston psychiatrist
Shay—Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of
Character (Scribner, 1995) and Odysseus in America: Combat Trauma
and the Trials of Homecoming (Scribner, 2003)—draw striking
parallels between the experiences of American soldiers and
warriors from ancient Greece.
A very small percentage of those who receive a drug-coated stent
experience a clot. The most likely cause is discontinuing the
clot-preventing combination of aspirin and Plavix too soon after
The experience of a heart attack can trigger post-traumatic
stress disorder, which can delay recovery and perhaps cause heart
disease to progress further.
The ejection fraction is a measurement of how effectively the
heart pumps blood. For those with heart disease, it can be useful
to have it measured periodically.
The FDA has concluded that there is not enough evidence to
support the claim that drinking green tea helps prevent heart
Stroke survivors often suffer pain afterward, and it often goes
untreated. It may be necessary to ask for a referral to a pain
Older women are less likely to exercise. A supplement containing
bitter orange caused chest pain. A healthy heart may help protect
mental health as well.
Is niacin okay for people with diabetes?