Stroke And The Three Nuns

What is the stroke definition?

A stroke is a sudden loss of brain function. It is caused by the interruption of the flow of blood in part of the brain. There are two kinds of stroke :

  1. The most common is ischemic stroke. Is is caused by a blood clot in the brain.
  2. The other kind of stroke is hemorrhagic stroke. It is caused by bleeding in the brain.

One of the risk factors for having a stroke is high blood pressure. High blood pressure which is often seen in the elderly.

Can you identify the kind of stroke described in the following story? Continue reading

Hands-Only CPR

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency medical procedure for a victim of cardiac arrest…

It’s not Rocket Science, it’s Hands-Only CPR [American Heart Association]

It’s not normal to see an adult suddenly collapse, but if you do, call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest. It’s called Hands-Only CPR.

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Related Link:
Hands-Only (Compression-Only) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: A Call to Action for Bystander Response to Adults Who Experience Out-of-Hospital Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Circulation. 2008 Apr 22;117(16):2162-7. Epub 2008 Mar 31. Free full text.

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Shingles

A man walked into a doctor’s office and the receptionist asked him what he had.
He said, “Shingles.”
So she took down his name, address, medical insurance number and told him to have a seat.

A few minutes later a nurse’s aid came out and asked him what he had.
He said, “Shingles.”
So she took down his height, weight, a complete medical history and told him to wait in the examining room.

Ten minutes later the nurse came in and asked him what he had.
He said, “Shingles.”
So she gave him a blood test, took his blood pressure, did an electrocardiogram, told him to take off all his clothes and wait for the doctor.
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Sexy Reflex

Hitting the patellar tendon just below the knee cap (patella) with a reflex hammer stimulates a sensory nerve fiber that synapses at the L4 level in the spinal cord without soliciting higher brain functions.

The other reflex portrayed in this funny commercial occurs via the sacral nerves of the spinal cord.

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A Short History Of Medicine

“Doctor, I have an ear ache.”

2000 B.C. – Here, eat this root.
1000 A.D. – That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer.
1850 A.D. – That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion.
1940 A.D. – That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.
1985 A.D. – That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic.
2000 A.D. – That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root.

 

An adverse effect is a harmful effect caused by a medication such as an antibiotic…or a root.