Pregnancy increases Woman's Stroke Risk

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from the Loyola University Health System suggest that pregnant women face a 2.4 times more risk of having a stroke than non-pregnant women. The review article discusses pregnancy-induced high-blood pressure syndrome and discusses the increased risk for stroke. The researchers report is published in the journal Women’s Health.

Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia are rare but serious pregnancy condition that can cause high-blood pressure. High blood pressure is anything that measures higher than 140 for the top number or 90 for the bottom number. The serious illness is called HELLP (hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low platelet count).

Health Quiz on 'The Dr. Oz Show' points out Symptoms and Signs of more Serious Medical Conditions

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(Best Syndication News) - On today’s ‘The Dr. Oz Show’, Dr. Oz had a quiz asking ‘How Healthy Are You?’ He said sometimes we take our health for granted. Working with a panel of medical doctors Oz came up with this questionnaire. Doctors say that there are warning signs that happen before a big health problems occur and Doctor Oz wanted people to be aware of these signs. He gave the viewers and the audience a questionnaire that a panel of doctors helped to put together.

Here are the Questions asked on the show:

1. Do you wake up more than twice a night?

If you answer Yes give yourself 1 point, if No 0 points

Carol Ash DO is a sleep medicine specialist that was on Doctor Oz’s panel of experts on the show today. She explained that you need an average of 8 hours of sleep at night. If you have chronic lack or disrupted sleep you are at risk for developing diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. Lack of sleep can also impair your immune system. Additionally, not having enough good sleep at night can interrupt your thinking and can cause daytime accidents.

Birth Control Pills with Drospirenone could have increased risk for blood clots says FDA

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a safety alert for birth control pills that contain drospirenone because of a possible increased risk for serious blood clots. Brand name birth controls Yaz (generic version Gianvi and Loryna), Yasmin (generic version Ocella, Syeda, and Zarah), Beyaz, and Safyral all contain drospirenone.

Two recently published studies saw an increased risk for venous thromboembolism with women taking drospirenone birth control pills compared to women taking levonorgestrel containing birth control pills. These studies said the risk was between two and three times higher for developing venous thromboembolism with the drospirenone birth control pill taking group compared to the levonorgestrel birth control pill group. However, the FDA said that other studies did not report this increased risk and the government agency will continue to determine if the risk valid. As the FDA continues to investigate, they will share this any updated information they have acquired on any potential dangers with these birth control pills containing drospirenone.

Blueberry and Cholesterol Levels – Hamster study showed improved blood lipid levels

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) completed a study that investigated the effects on cholesterol levels in hamsters that were fed blueberry peels and pulp leftovers. The study was led by USDA chemist, Wallace H. Yokoyama. The results of the study showed that the hamsters fed the blueberry enhanced high fat diet had better cholesterol levels compared to the hamsters that had just a high fat diet. The study will be published in the May/June 2011 issue of Agricultural Research magazine.

Since the study was conducted on hamsters, more research would be needed for humans to confirm the same health benefit. The control group was just fed the high fat diet, there were three test groups that were fed the high fat diet along with either blueberry skins, fiber extracted from the peels, or polyphenols which give the fruit its color.

Arrowhead Medical Center Receives Award

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(Best Syndication News) The Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s (AHA/ASA).

Besides quick response to a stroke, it is important for hospitals to initiate the optimum treatment. The hospital is equipped with the proper equipment to scan the brain. There are also neurologists available.

Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the national Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee says the county hospital met their standards of care. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients,” Schwamm said.

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