Is sex dangerous for the heart?

Can sex be originally of myocardial infarction? Rarely, this accident is due to such an activity. However, some experts talk about a doubling of the risk! Not panic, however, the danger remains very low in absolute terms and in most cases, the carnal love is a “practice” activity.

Classically, cardiologists are wary of Monday morning. Numerous epidemiological studies have, in fact, described a number of myocardial infarction more important this day there. This strange phenomenon has been assigned with the change of pace associated with the passage of the weekend the week and stress that accompanies many people home from work. Consumption of alcohol, which is traditionally important weekend in Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian countries, could also play a negative role at this level (the alcohol acting on blood clotting).

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The false repose of the Warrior
In 2001, a study in Toulouse by the team of Professor Jean Ferrières (INSERM) has however led to conclusions somewhat different1. The researchers analyzed the number of myocardial infarction according to the days of the week, using: Continue reading “Is sex dangerous for the heart?”

Learn how everyday actions

Stroke is the leading cause of disability in adults and the second cause of dementia. These sad records reflect the life of patients who will have to relearn daily gestures through a very grueling rehabilitation. Returning to the home will be facilitated by special attention of environment and the use of some material aid.

Our brain can compensate for some damage by activating brain areas until then non-exploited. This extraordinary ability, “brain plasticity” is possible only if it is stimulated intensively and sustainably. It is one of the tasks of rehabilitation.

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Start rehabilitation as soon as possible
Reduce complications and neurological sequelae, retrieve the wealth of functions (market, language, manual skill, vision…) are all objectives of the rehabilitation. Earlier it could be implemented and the consequences can be minimized. However, the location of the brain lesion also plays a significant role. The balance sheet will be heavier that it operates in a highly specialized functional area. Continue reading “Learn how everyday actions”

Headaches: a risk of stroke?

Migraine or not, chronic headaches affect millions of people. Before the violence and intensity of some pain, many are those who have questions about the State of their brains after the crisis. A number of studies point to an increased risk of stroke. Doctissimo is an update on these relations still not solved.

Commonly referred to as “brain attacks”, cerebral vascular accidents (CVAS) are the third cause of death behind heart disease and cancer. Their prevention relies on regular medical follow-up and a good understanding of the risk factors. Is it necessary to add to an already long list chronic headache?

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Women migraine and stroke, attention!
Statistical studies show that there more than migraine in people who have suffered a stroke. However, such observations make it possible – it for as many consider migraine as a risk factor for stroke? Continue reading “Headaches: a risk of stroke?”

Inform to save lives

125,000 patients annually and nearly 50 000 deaths. For the survivors, serious physical, cognitive or psychological sequelae. Such is the sad record of cerebral vascular accidents in France. However, this disease suffers in Europe and in France of a cruel lack of recognition particularly. Dr. Jacques Boulliat, president of the association stroke, tells us more.

Doctissimo: What are the tasks and milestones of the Association stroke?
Dr. Jacques Boulliat: Our association France stroke was established in 1998. We have set for mission information to the general public as well as professionals. Although strokes are the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability, this disease remains too often unknown to the general public. Our actions are designed to help patients and their families as well as to promote research. We thus organise a wiretapping, public meetings, networking between patients and the families of victims.

Inform to save lives

We are instead antennas departmental in Saône- et -Loire, Isère and Meurthe- et -Moselle. A social service and website should soon see the day. Continue reading “Inform to save lives”

Cerebral vascular accident

Stroke prevention passes by a better understanding of the risk factors but also by that of warning signals. Thus, sustainable ischemic stroke are to almost one-third preceded by transient ischemic symptoms are brief. Too often overlooked, they must bring to consult. With Doctissimo, learn to recognize them!

Awareness of stroke warning signs could save thousands of lives each year. This prestigious American Heart Association is easily transposable to our country. As are very certainly the figures attesting to their lack of knowledge. According to a telephone survey in Georgia, only 39% of those interviewed could cite a stroke alert signal… The results would certainly not be different in France. What are the warning signs and symptoms of stroke?
The transient ischemic should not be underestimated!

Cerebral vascular accident

A transient ischemic (attack TIA) is a stroke which sometimes stealthy symptoms go unnoticed. Yet, they represent real warning signs since nearly a third of sustainable ischemic or cerebral infarction are preceded by one such episode. Continue reading “Cerebral vascular accident”

STROKE, there are also children!

Every year in France, 130 to 150 000 people are a cerebral vascular accident (stroke). Among them, 500 to 1,000 were less than 16 years old. No matter the age, rehabilitation must begin early and continue throughout course to limit the risk of sequelae.

Because of its relative rarity, childhood stroke is less well known than that of the adult, including health professionals. His diagnosis is sometimes late and its costly and difficult to support. Families and children often see their daily routine upset.

STROKE in children and infants
Cerebral vascular accident (stroke) is causing a disruption of blood flow, and therefore oxygen supply, in the brain. It may be associated with the blockage of a vessel (ischemic stroke, also known as cerebral infarction) or break (hemorrhagic stroke that matches the brain bleeding). Its support is an emergency, the risk of sequelae is linked to the time during which neurons have been deprived of oxygen.

Every year in France, 130 to 150 000 people are a stroke. If the elderly are the most affected (three quarters of strokes affect over 65 years), children and newborns are not spared. They constitute about 0.6 per cent of cases of stroke, 500 to 1,000 new annual cases. Specialists distinguish stroke “of the child and older child”, which has two peaks of onset, to 2-3 years then 10-11 years, stroke “perinatal” that occurs before birth or in the newborn.

The child, a stroke to the multiple causes stroke
While adult stroke is 80% more often due toatherosclerosis or heart disease, ischemic, stroke of the child is characterized by its causes, multiple and varied: “blood disease (sickle cell anemia, clotting disorder…) or the heart, abnormalities of the vessels of the brain (Moya Moya disease), local (Arteritis, aneurysm…) malformation, injury, infection, tumor… There are more than a dozen!”, note the Pr Marc Tardieu, Pediatric neurologist, he head of the Department of neuropediatrics at Hospital London (AP – HP), Paris.”

The causes must be systematically sought to guide immediate but also long-term support. Diseases require a follow-up or a lifelong treatment to prevent recurrences.

Childhood stroke: more or less talking symptoms
To support the stroke, still should have spotted it. This children’s signs similar to those of the adult: paralysis or a decrease in the sensitivity of a member or of one side of the body or face, speech disorders, headaches, sometimes a coma… that appear suddenly, often in the morning. In young children, there is mainly motor problems, disorders of the speech and the sensitivity that can be difficult to spot. The newborn can Cliffhanger and present paralysis. Between 5 and 10% of children die in acute phase.

However, perinatal stroke may also be taken during pregnancy or do not cause marked symptoms. During the first weeks, the newborn seems quite normal as explains Véronique, co-founder of the stroke of the child association: “A three month, Jean-Noah has been catching anything on the right side. I got worried but doctors had response at all. One even told me that it would be left-handed. At five months, he was finally able move a brain MRI which showed the scar of a perinatal stroke. Some children are diagnosed just two years!”.” A delay in diagnosis which has an impact on the rehabilitation that it must begin quickly to limit the consequences.

Ultraprecoce rehabilitation
The older children follow a route similar to that of adults, with a stay in rehabilitation and/or day if necessary and the continuation of rehabilitation to professionals. The younger more quickly found their parents. Their rehabilitation, which requires special skills, is a service of neuropediatrics, through specialized agencies or with liberals.

Eyden was a stroke perinatal overnight, immediately detected. It has benefited from sessions of occupational therapy at the age of two month and speech therapy to eight months. Now 18 months old, it has virtually no engine problem. But his mother, Viviane, is not for all fully reassured: “we work on a daily basis, while trying to meet his child’s life. However, you never know if it is too, or not enough, the limits are difficult to fix”.
To organize on the long term

Pr Tardieu confirms: “stroke of the child requires support long-term.” Families are organized based on the centres and specialists available, financial resources and organization, progress of the child, of his possible weariness. When the physical therapy makes more progress, it may be interesting to replace it with a sport or leisure activity”.
Many parents stop to work, reducing their income, while movements related to rehabilitation and care increase their spending. And Véronique to explain: “of occupational therapy and occupational therapy sessions are not reimbursed. Physiotherapy Yes, but not the transport to go less than the nearest specialist. However, very few physical therapists have the skills and equipment to care for children”.” The financial assistance provided by the departmental houses for persons with disabilities (MDPH) is variable depending on the departments and often insufficient.

Difficult to predict effects
Almost five years, Jean Noah always ignores his right hand. “It does not, use it even to hold a bag note Véronique. On the other hand, his body grew up a little differently on both sides. It can be difficult for some parents, but today, I can’t imagine my child otherwise. I was also afraid that it does not work. It just took a little more time and the help of a splint. At the engine level, I make him confidence!”.

Like many parents, Véronique concerned now about the risk ofepilepsy, much greater in children than in adults, and the cognitive consequences of stroke that can occur on the later. Viviane, who found her daughter much more capricious than its elders, does not fail to wonder: “what is stroke? His character? Or the fact that it is the small last?”

“Stroke long-term consequences are just as diverse as those observed in adults, note the Pr Tardieu. In the youngest, they are essentially driving, sometimes cognitive, difficult to predict. The great child disorders depend on the affected area”.” More than two-thirds of the children are more or less important sequelae.

Stroke: what you need to know

The stroke is an abrupt shutdown of the blood flow to the brain. Vascular accidents are mostly secondary. They are due to either a clot located directly into the artery (and it does three times out of four), hemorrhage, is kind of breach of the walls of the vessel.

Of course, their severity depends on the location and the extent of brain damage. The consequences are, in general, immediate and are reflected by a neurological, motor or sensory deficit or loss of memory or speech.

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Phenomena of variable recovery
The possibilities of recovery are fortunately very real. But they vary from one individual to another. Some meet 100% of their initial capacity, and the accident will be just a bad memory, others only partially recover and will have to fight every day to overcome their deficits. Continue reading “Stroke: what you need to know”

Stroke: a cascade of events

130 000 vascular accidents (CVAS) are registered each year in France. A quarter of people die. In the majority of cases, others keep more or less important sequelae or even more or less final!

Lesions obviously depend on the brain reached territory and the importance and type of circulatory arrest.

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Various consequences
They can touch the motor unit and leave half paralyzed body (hemiplegia), reach the sensory apparatus and create or edit, or make disappear the spatiotemporal cues or Finally, focus on language, reading or writing problems. Continue reading “Stroke: a cascade of events”

The cerebral vascular Accidents in figures

Commonly referred to as “brain attacks”, accidents cerebrovascular (stroke) are the third cause of death behind heart disease and cancer. But it is the first cause of heavy disability and the second cause of dementia in the Western world. In France, 130,000 people each year are victims of a stroke and half in will keep serious sequelae. In a few figures, check out the dire consequences of this disease.

Strokes are also known as attacks, stroke or stroke. The origin of this disease, there is a disruption of the blood supply of the brain. Devoid of oxygen and other essential compounds, certain cells in the brain die. Specifically, stroke represent two types of reality.


Ischemic and hemorrhagic accidents
Stroke can result:

The obstruction of a blood vessel by a clot, reducing blood flow in a brain area. The clot may occur locally in a small artery or come from the heart or the wall of a large cervical artery lesion (carotid arteries and vertebral). One speaks then of ischemic stroke ;

Of the rupture of a vessel, causing bleeding. The blood spreads and damages the brain tissue around. The location and the size of the hematoma determine its severity. Talking about in this case of hemorrhagic stroke, brain haemorrhage or cerebral hematoma.
Nearly 85% of stroke are ischemic in nature. The consequences of stroke depend on many factors: the speed of recovery of blood flow, the duration of oxygen deprivation and cerebral localization of the accident.

A serious problem of public health
In addition to the ageing of the population, the number of stroke increases and represents a serious public health problem today.
The risk of stroke increases with age. Nearly three quarters of the patients were over 65. And after 50 years, the incidence doubles every 10 years. According to the association France stroke, the number of stroke per year is estimated on the basis of age:

Estimate of the number of stroke per year
per 100 000 inhabitants
15 to 45 years
10 to 30
55 to 64 years
170 to 360
65 to 74 years
From 75 years
1 350 to 1 790