Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom

Khloe Kartrashian called off her divorce to partially paralyzed former NBA player, Lamar Odom.

The 35-year-old ex LA Laker is in a LA hospital recovering from a drug overdose. He requires round-the-clock care after suffering several strokes at a Las Vegas hospital last week. He is unable to walk or talk.

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Reality TV personality Kim Zolciak got what she wanted: she was kicked off of the popular ABC dance competition Dancing With the Stars on Monday.

The mother-of-six claimed she was hospitalized for 3 days after suffering a “mini-stroke.” Mini strokes usually do not require hospitalization.

Zolciak is typical of pseudo-celebrities who want the fame but don’t want to put in the hard work to achieve fame and riches.

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Franklin Foulks and Jamal Rutledge

A quick-thinking teenager may have saved the life of a police officer who apparently suffered a heart attack or stroke.

In September, Fort Lauderdale officer Franklin Foulks, 2nd from left, was in the process of booking 16-year-old Jamal Rutledge when he suddenly collapsed on the floor of the holding area. With no other officers in the vicinity, Officer Foulks was at the teen’s mercy.

But Rutledge jumped into action, screaming and kicking on the fence until officers responded.

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Todd Tucker mother passes away

Yesterday it was reported that reality TV producer Todd Tucker‘s mother, Miss Sharon, died from complications related to a stroke. Miss Sharon collapsed on Monday afternoon in Mew York City. She was rushed to a hospital where she died on Tuesday, Dec. 2. Tucker is married to former Xscape singer and reality TV star/entrepreneur Kandi Burruss. Miss Sharon appeared in episodes of Real Housewives of Atlanta.

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Protesters Picket Chuck E Cheese

The NCAAP organized a rally to protest a local restaurant on Saturday after a father claimed his 9-year-old special needs daughter was mistreated by employees there.

About 50 protesters picketed outside the Chuck E. Cheese restaurant located on Cumberland Boulevard in Smyrna. The protesters included parents from a special needs parents group and civil rights activists.

Mark Eschoe said he took his daughter, Marley, to Chuck E. Cheese to attend a children’s birthday party back in May. Eschoe said his daughter had just gotten out of the hospital after suffering two strokes caused by brain aneurysms. The strokes left the child with minor brain damage but she can walk with minimal assistance.

“We were there for about 20 minutes when she finally said, ‘Hey Daddy, I have to go to the bathroom,’” Eschoe told Channel 2 Action News.

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George Bush clogged arteries

Former President George Bush underwent a procedure earlier today to place a coronary stent in a blocked coronary artery in his heart. The coronary stent will keep the artery open to allow adequate blood flow in his heart.

The blockage was discovered during Bush’s annual physical exam at the Cooper Clinic in Texas, reports Fox News. The procedure was performed at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital,” according to a statement.

Patients who undergo stent placements must take oral anticoagulants (blood thinners) for life to keep blood clots from forming around the stents. Patients are at risk of stroke from blood clots and a buildup of white blood cells around the stent. Coronary stents are typically used to prevent heart attacks in people who are diagnosed with Coronary Artery Disease caused by Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries or clogged arteries).

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As most of you know, Hip Hop artist Nate Dogg (left) suffered a second stroke which left him paralyzed and on a ventilator.

According to TMZ.com, Dogg, real name Nathaniel Dwayne Hale is responding well to medical treatment and is only using a ventilator to make breathing easier.

A cardiovascular accident, or stroke, means a lack of blood flow to a part of the brain usually caused by a blood clot, an aneurysm that burst or trauma to the brain, causing brain cells to die.

In most cases, the symptoms affect one side of the body depending on what side of the brain the stroke occurred.

Symptoms include:

  • Headache, vomiting, loss of consciousness (aneurysm or bleeding in the brain)
  • Drooping on one side of the face or droopy eyelid
  • Slurred speech or difficulty speaking
  • Temporary or persistent loss of vision
  • Numbness or tingling in hands or feet or on one side of the body
  • Reduction in sensory perception such as altered taste or smell
  • Losing your balance slightly and you’re not sure why
  • Trouble walking
  • Altered breathing, rapid heart rate
  • Vertigo or dizziness
  • Disorganized thinking, confusion, hypersexual gestures

If you experience any of the above symptoms, see your personal care physician or go to an emergency room immediately!

I have a female friend who, in her late twenties, began experiencing TIAs (transient ischemic attacks) which are sometimes referred to as mini strokes. She’s now in her early 40s and walks with a cane.

TIAs differ from strokes because the symptoms resolve on their own in less than 24 hours and TIAs don’t result in death of brain cells. But multiple TIAs can cause neurological problems such as difficulty walking.

Some people, like my friend, are prone to strokes because they have a history of high blood pressure or any other risk factor which includes: cigarette smoking, weed smoking, Diabetes, previous strokes or cardiac problems.

Patients who have a history of cardiac problems or high blood pressure are sometimes prescribed baby Aspirin daily to keep their blood thin to reduce the risk of clot formation.

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