Thursday, January 29, 2009

Migraines and Risk Of Stroke

Excerpt from Reader's Digest Feb 2009

As many as 17 percent of women and 6 percent of men have experienced the debilitating pain of a migraine. Research shows that women who have migraines accompanied by their distinct "aura" symptoms are at a greater risk of having a stroke than those who don't get migraines.

Why the link? Migraine headaches are caused by inflammation of the arteries surrounding the brain. Other arteries inside the brain may spasm during an attack as well, temporarily cutting off circulation, thus increasing the odds of a stroke.

Additional risks Abnormalities in the lining of arteries may also allow blood to clot more readily. "And in rare cases, arteries leading to the brain may tear more easily," says Dr. Gretchen Tietjen, a professor of neurology at the University of Toledo. These tears can cause vessels to narrow and clots to form. Extra oestrogen from oral contraceptives especially in smokers) or hormonal therapy can further boost clotting factors to create a perfect storm for a stroke.

How to reduce your risks Low-does aspirin has been shown to decrease stroke risk in women over 45 and may prevent migraines too.

Doctors can help you reduce the risks associated with abnormal arteris. Maintaining healthy blood pressure is one way, but also ask your physician to order a routine blood test to determine whether you have markers for increased clotting. if you do, discuss aspirin therapy, anticlotting medications, or alternatives to hormone therapy.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Personality test

Your Personality Is Rational

You are both logical and creative. You are full of ideas.

You are so rational that you analyze everything. This drives people a little crazy!

Intelligence is important to you. You always like to be around smart people.

In fact, you're often a little short with people who don't impress you mentally.

You seem distant to some - but it's usually because you're deep in thought.

Those who understand you best are fellow Rationals.

In love, you tend to approach things with logic. You seek a compatible mate - who is also very intelligent.

At work, you tend to gravitate toward idea building careers - like programming, medicine, or academia.

With others, you are very honest and direct. People often can't take your criticism well.

As far as your looks go, you're coasting on what you were born with. You think fashion is silly.

On weekends, you spend most of your time thinking, experimenting with new ideas, or learning new things.