WEDNESDAY, June 10, 2020 -- Smoking carries a host of health risks, and now a new study shows the habit significantly increases black Americans' risk of stroke.
The research included more than 5,300 participants, aged 21 to 84, from the tri-county area around Jackson, Miss. In the final analysis, 546 were current smokers, 781 were past smokers, and 3,083 never smoked.
THURSDAY, May 28, 2020 -- Could a higher power help stroke recovery? People who are spiritual may be better able to deal with stroke-related disability, new research suggests.
The Italian study linked spirituality -- be it through religion or simply a strong sense of purpose and connection to others -- to a lower risk of depression for people with low to moderate disability after a stroke and their caregivers. Spirituality also appeared to improve the quality of life for both.
TUESDAY, May 5, 2020 -- Lots of boozing might increase your risk for a stroke, Swedish researchers report.
Heavy alcohol use can triple your risk for peripheral artery disease, a narrowing of arteries that results in reduced blood flow, usually to the legs. It can also increase your risk for stroke by 27%. There's also evidence of a link to coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation and aortic aneurysm, the researchers said.