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January 2009 Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource Highlights Stroke Symptoms, Personal Health Records and Volunteering
Date:1/15/2009

>"If you are having severe pain, it is human nature to make a beeline for the emergency room," says Dr. Meissner. "But it's important not to ignore sudden or unusual symptoms that seem to get better or that aren't painful."

In years past, treatment options for stroke were limited. That's changed. Thrombolytic drugs, also known as clot busters, are used to treat ischemic stroke and reduce the risk of permanent brain damage that can cause paralysis or problems with thinking or speaking. The sooner the medication is started, the better the outcome.

Of course, taking steps to avoid a stroke is prudent. High blood pressure and high cholesterol levels are big risk factors for stroke. Other risk factors include diabetes, obesity, heart disease, family history, older age and smoking.

Personal Health Records -- A More Efficient Way to Manage Health Information

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- The days of scrambling to recall or find immunization dates or medication names and doses may be numbered. An electronic personal health record is likely to replace those handwritten notes and scattered papers.

The January issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource discusses this new way to manage personal health information, most often on the Internet.

A basic personal health record includes the patient's name and date of birth, emergency contacts, names and contact information for care providers, insurance information, a list of past illnesses and surgical procedures, current medications and dates they were prescribed, allergies, results and dates of recent tests or doctor visits, immunization records, family history of illnesses or hereditary conditions, and other health information such as a living will or advanced directives.

Personal health records offer many potential benefits, including quick access to information that could be a lifesaver in an eme
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