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Carotid artery disease increases your risk of stroke. Plaque builds up in the arteries in the neck, and if some breaks away it could travel to your brain and cut of blood flow. But results of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine give doctors the information they need to choose the best preventive procedures for their patients.
Imagine this: you're eating dinner with your family and suddenly your left arm feels numb. Your speech is slurred. It could be a stroke, so you've got to get to the hospital fast. But what if your hospital doesn't have a stroke specialist or what if that doctor is out of town? The answer may be telemedicine. Doctors at Mayo Clinic are using a telemedicine robot that allows them to be face to face with patients who are miles away.
Many Americans dream of a life in the country. A slower pace, fresh air, room to roam. But living in a rural area may come with a trade-off. Healthcare. Rural hospitals just don't have as many resources as urban hospitals do. And that can be a problem when you have a health event such as a stroke. Doctors at Mayo Clinic are using telemedicine — smart phones and the internet — to bring medical expertise to doctors and patients in the country and around the globe.
There's no doubt that playing a game on a Wii gets you off the couch and moving. Bowling, tennis, yoga. You can really get a workout before you know it. That's the concept behind a new occupational therapy program at Mayo Clinic. Some therapists are using Wiis to help stroke victims and other patients get back in the game of life.