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Risk of suffering a stroke is increased by 44% within a month after having a heart attack, and continues to remain 2-3 times more likely for up to 3 years later, with greater mortality. With more patients surviving heart attacks, physicians and patients need to be more aware of further adverse health events. Atherosclerosis is the thickening and narrowing of the arteries that affects the whole body, but is normally illustrated in myocardial infarcts (heart attacks), when the heart is starved of blood as the coronary vessels become blocked. Other important organs affected are the brain and kidneys, resulting in strokes and kidney failure. Symptoms of a stroke include one-sided loss of vision and muscle weakness. Aims to reduce the risk of stroke include a low-fat diet, exercise, smoking cessation, and medication.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Vancouver Sun

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About: Heart attack survivors risk stroke

Date: 6 December 2005

Source: The Vancouver Sun

Author: Sharon Kirkey


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