Student Athlete Concussions: Rest Prevents Longer Recovery

The last thing parents want to think about when they’re watching their children play sports this fall is whether they’re going to sustain an injury – especially a concussion. Yet concussions are one of the risks of playing sports – especially certain activities such as cheerleading, football, gymnastics, wrestling, field hockey and soccer.  To date, […]

Stroke Prevention: Know Risk Factors, Make Healthy Choices

Knowing that brain cells die every minute, Dr. John R. Baker and his neurointerventional team work as quickly as possible on every stroke patient they treat to restore oxygen to the brain. Advanced imaging and technology enable Dr. Baker to remove blood clots, repair blood vessels in the brain and stop bleeding. At Bon Secours […]

Regular Exercise May Help Black Americans Avoid High Blood Pressure

Working up a sweat on a regular basis may be a strategy for black Americans to lower the risk of high blood pressure, according to new research. The prevalence of high blood pressure in black Americans is among the highest in the world, according to the American Heart Association. Nearly 45 percent of black men […]

Learn Your Family’s Health History This Thanksgiving

A simple conversation this Thanksgiving could help you and other members of your family live healthier lives. As you gather together with relatives, take time to also gather your family’s medical history. By asking your relatives a few simple questions, you can discover if diabetes, high blood pressure and even certain cancers such as breast […]

Manage Diabetes to Improve Health

One of the challenges to treating type 2 diabetes is simply that millions of people don’t know they have the serious disease. More than 29 million adults in the United States have diabetes, but one-fourth of them are unaware of their condition. Another 86 million adults have prediabetes – which often leads to type 2 […]

Skipping, Stopping Blood Pressure Rx Raises Heart Disease, Stroke Risks

Millions of Americans do not take their blood pressure medicine properly, putting them at risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About one in three U.S. adults have high blood pressure. Just half of those 70 million people have the condition under control. One […]

Adequate Sleep Helps Teen Academic, Sports Performance

Parents can help their children – especially teenagers – have a successful school year by making sure they get enough sleep every night. With just a few weeks to go before public schools in Hampton Roads resume classes, sleep experts say it’s important to start adjusting bedtime schedules now. The beginning of the school year can […]

More Military Veterans Have Sleep Disorders, Study Finds

American military veterans were six times more likely to have some type of sleep disorder in 2010 than they were 11 years earlier, according to a new study. Veterans who had combat experience, post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental disorders were the most likely to have a sleep disorder, researchers found. The study results are published […]

Midlife Fitness Linked to Lower Stroke Risks after 65

Preventing a stroke when you’re over 65 may be influenced by how fit you were in your 40s. Researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas say people in their mid- to late-40s at the top of their fitness game had a 37 percent lower risk of stroke after age 65 in a study […]

Act FAST for Access to Stroke Care

Everyone knows that a heart attack requires a rapid response for treatment in order to increase the patient’s chances of survival and recovery. Fast action also is mandatory during a brain attack, commonly known as a stroke, which results when blood flow and oxygen are cut off from the brain. When the brain is unable […]