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  • 5 Ways to Get Paid To Be a Caregiver

    Oct 30 2014

    Serving as the primary caregiver for a family member can take a toll financially, especially if you have to miss work to provide care. In some cases, though, you can actually get paid to be a caregiver for a family member. Here’s how: State Programs Some states have programs that al

  • New Education Videos from National Stroke Association

    Oct 23 2014

    National Stroke Association has developed four new educational videos. The project aims to deliver complex information around stroke prevention and post-stroke conditions in an easy to understand format. Stroke: The Reality National Stroke Association in partnership with Mended Hearts cre

  • Recovering Communication Skills With Technology Therapy

    Oct 23 2014

    David Samuels doesn’t use a tablet just to browse the Web and catch up with his grandchildren on Facebook—he uses it as a major part of his stroke recovery. For at least an hour per day, Samuels uses mobile apps geared toward stroke survivors with aphasia to gain back mental stren

  • Merry or Melancholy? Why Facial Expressions Can Be Misinterpreted After a Stroke

    Oct 21 2014

    Without words, facial expressions say it all. But after a stroke, emotions can not only be difficult for survivors to express because of muscle paralysis, but it may actually be equally as challenging to distinguish emotions on someone else’s face. Understanding Emotions According t

  • How to Get Up From a Fall

    Oct 20 2014

    Many stroke survivors have problems with balance and have an increased risk of falling. A fall, even if it doesn’t cause injury, can be scary and shocking. It can rattle your nerves. If you fall, try not to panic. Take deep breaths and try to remain calm. It’s OK to remain still f

  • Little-known Way to Find Help Paying for Prescriptions, Food, and More

    Oct 16 2014

    Do you need help paying for prescription drugs, food, and other necessities? Search and apply for federal, state, and private benefit programs by visiting BenefitsCheckUp.org.  There are more than 2,000 federal, state, and private benefit programs that may be able to help a stroke su

  • Ask the Expert: When to Seek a Second Opinion

    Oct 15 2014

    While recovering from a stroke, some survivors may want a second opinion. However, it’s not always easy to understand when the time is right to seek one, or how your current doctor will react. If you’re getting a second opinion, your doctor will be informed, as he or she will need

  • How Prescription Assistance Programs Work

    Oct 08 2014

    Need help paying for prescription medications? Consider a prescription assistance program. These programs provide free or low cost prescription drugs to stroke survivors who qualify. Most major pharmaceutical companies offer prescription assistance programs, which also are called patient

  • FAST Teaching

    Oct 06 2014

    In five minutes, you could save a life. When biology teacher Connie Meyer tells her classes of high school seniors that, even the teenagers are receptive. “When you tell [students] that just by doing a couple of things they can save a life, they really pay attention,” she says.

  • Let’s Talk About Apraxia and Aphasia

    Oct 02 2014

    If you’re a stroke survivor, you know how frustrating it can be to relearn things you may have once taken for granted. Before your stroke, your body just worked. Now, you may be struggling to move your arms, your legs, or getting the words you want to say to come out of your mouth. Some

  • Dealing With Challenging Relationships as a Caregiver

    Sep 30 2014

    After her stroke, Aimee Messerschmidt became much quicker to anger than before. Her husband, Messerschmidt says, not only had to deal with her temper and personality changes, but also became the main caregiver for their two young daughters. He handled chores throughout the house for the first

  • How to Care for Your Baby One-handed

    Sep 25 2014

    Caring for a child is a challenge for any parent, but with one-sided paralysis after a stroke, parenting poses an entirely different set of obstacles.  With the help of an occupational therapist and adaptive techniques, “anything is possible,” says Francine Bienvenu, occupati

  • Women: Bananas Can Fend Off Strokes

    Sep 18 2014

    Postmenopausal women who eat a lot of potassium-rich foods like bananas, white beans, and sweet potatoes have a lower risk for stroke, according to a new study published in the journal Stroke. Potassium and Stroke The study, which looked at 90,000 women between the ages of 50 and 79 for a

  • The Silent Effects of Stroke

    Sep 17 2014

    Instead of cake and Champagne, Aimee Messerschmidt had a stroke for her 31st birthday. The night before, she left the gym feeling dizzy and barely able to drive. The next morning, the mother of two from Missouri Valley, Iowa woke up paralyzed on the right side of her body. Neither she nor her

  • What is Equine Therapy?

    Sep 16 2014

    Whether you want to shake things up in your physical therapy routine or just want to have some fun, equine therapy may be just what you’re looking for. Not Just Horseback Riding Equine therapy isn’t just horseback riding, according to certified physical therapist Stacey Brown.

  • 5 Ways to Find Local Financial Resources

    Sep 15 2014

    From emergency care to rehabilitation and everything in between, stroke-related medical costs can add up quickly. However, help is available if the bills become overwhelming. These five local resources can lend a hand, even if you have health insurance. State Human/Social Service Agencies. In

  • Getting Over the Fear of a Second Stroke

    Sep 11 2014

    You’ve had a stroke and your world is suddenly upside down. You’re shocked and scared. You want to know why it happened and what you need to do to get better.  All of this is normal. After all, a stroke is a medical emergency and can be a life-changing event. But, if you&rsqu

  • After Therapy: What You Can Do at Home

    Sep 04 2014

    You’ve undergone countless hours of physical and occupational therapy, but those have ended. You want to keep pushing forward but which exercises should you do at home? Steven Keller, MPT, a staff neurophysical therapist at San Diego Rehabilitation Institute at Alvarado Hospital in San

  • Individualizing Speech Therapy Goals In a Group Setting: An Aphasia Viewpoint

    Sep 03 2014

    A few years ago I was contacted to perform a speech and language evaluation. My client hid in the bathroom with the door shut upon my arrival. “She’s been like that ever since her stroke” her daughter said. “She’s refusing all therapy and reluctant to communicate&hel

  • 5 Ideas to Help Caregivers Recharge

    Sep 02 2014

    You may feel guilty about getting out to the movies or just going to sip coffee at the local café by yourself. But caring for a stroke survivor can be hard, physically and emotionally. And caring for someone else doesn’t mean that your own needs should go to the wayside. To do a

  • Stroke Survivor’s Return to the Limelight

    Aug 28 2014

    After a stroke paralyzed the left side of her body and caused near blindness in her right eye, theater director Michaela Goldhaber, 42, wasn’t sure she’d ever return to the theater. But three years after her stroke, Goldhaber was back to directing, thanks in part to a pep talk fro

  • Ask the Expert: Where to Job Hunt After a Stroke

    Aug 28 2014

    Finding a good job after a stroke can be a challenge. GettingHired.com connects people with disabilities, including stroke survivors, with potential employers. Amira Fahmy, director of community development for GettingHired, Inc. explains how in this Ask the Expert. StrokeSmart: What

  • Recreational Therapy: Play Your Way to Recovery

    Aug 20 2014

    Physical therapy is a necessary part of stroke recovery. But gaining back muscle strength is just one part of the process. Recreational therapy helps stroke survivors return to their favorite pre-stroke activities, whether it’s hiking, playing board games, or cooking. Bill Mramor, a rec

  • 6 Qualities of a Successful Support Group

    Aug 18 2014

    Janice Taylor was 52 and living in New York when she had a severe stroke on Sept. 11, 2011. A year later, she was helping to run a support group in her new home of Virginia. Before her stroke, Taylor was a small business owner and entrepreneur who worked in corporate finance before starti

  • 4 Time-Saving Tips for Caregivers

    Aug 15 2014

    When you’re a caregiver for someone recovering from a stroke, every minute counts. Berenice Kleiman knows that all too well. Kleiman, the author of “One Stroke, Two Survivors” and “Lessons Learned,” has been caring for her husband, Herb, since his stroke 13 years

  • Common Pain Reliever May Lead to Higher Stroke Risk

    Aug 07 2014

    Using some prescription and over-the-counter NSAIDs for a long time can increase your risk of stroke or heart attack. Not all NSAIDs Are the Same Naproxen, contained in drugs such as Aleve, and ibuprofen, contained in drugs such as Advil and Motrin, are in a category of painkillers called

  • How to Keep Stroke Survivors Hydrated During the Summer

    Aug 05 2014

    Staying hydrated, especially in the heat, is no new concept. But many stroke survivors don’t experience the sensation of thirst, which is often a sign dehydration is already setting in, so it’s even more important to ensure the survivor you care for is hydrated. A lack of water, espec

  • What is Neural Plasticity?

    Jul 31 2014

    Look at your rehab program in a whole new way by understanding neural plasticity. As a result of a stroke, connections in the brain, also called neural pathways, may be damaged. And this damage may interrupt the normal flow of signals within the brain and between the brain and other parts of

  • Word Search and Crossword Puzzle Twitter Answers

    Jul 29 2014

    October 10th Twitter Crossword Puzzle Answer October 3rd Twitter Word Search Answer

  • How to Pick a Handicapped-accessible Hotel

    Jul 18 2014

    When traveling with a stroke survivor, it is a good idea to do plenty of research on hotel accommodations in advance. You want your vacation or travel experience to be as pleasant as possible for a stroke survivor and that means choosing a hotel equipped to meet their special travel needs.

  • Trailblazing Toward Stroke Recovery

    Jul 17 2014

    Not even a boulder could stand in the way of Melissa McNaughton’s recovery. McNaughton had a stroke three years ago. Like most survivors, she was determined to participate in every activity she did prior to her stroke. That included an arduous annual hiking and humanitarian trip with he

  • 5 Handicapped-accessible Travel Destinations

    Jul 15 2014

    One in five Americans is disabled. And as more day-to-day activities become handicapped friendly, hotels, parks, and cities are also making the effort to improve the experience for people of all abilities. Here are five accessible standout locales to consider for your next trip. 1. Yosemi

  • How to Use a Medicare Beneficiary Ombudsman

    Jul 14 2014

    Get answers and resolve grievances regarding Medicare coverage and benefits by reaching out to a Medicare Beneficiary Ombudsman. Medicare may cover key aspects of a stroke survivor’s rehabilitation costs, such as up to 100 days in a skilled nursing facility. And that is why it’s s

  • Research Proves Significant Link Between Migraine Aura and Stroke

    Jul 10 2014

    Women who suffer from migraines are up to six times more likely to have a stroke. And for women who experience migraines with aura, the risk is even higher. According to a study published last year from the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, migraines with aura are the second leading

  • Like Father Not Like Daughter: How Diet Helped a Young Woman Prevent Strokes

    Jul 07 2014

    At 25, Alexandra Julien chose between her love of salty foods and survival. A daily diet of fast and fried food was quickly causing her blood pressure to rise and her risk of heart attack and stroke climbed right along with it. It was a routine checkup before registering for college class

  • Nation’s First Mobile Stroke Unit Saves Precious Time

    Jul 02 2014

    When people have strokes, they go to the ER for treatment. Now, an ambulance in Texas is bringing the ER to patients. A neurologist, a paramedic, a nurse, and a computed tomography (CT) scanner technician ride on the ambulance, the same kind used by city fire departments. The only difference:

  • Occupational Therapy 101

    Jul 01 2014

    Occupational therapists help stroke survivors learn strategies for managing daily living activities through each stage of the recovery process. Occupational therapists often teach stroke survivors how to divide complex activities into manageable parts, how to practice each part, and how to pe

  • Kids Have Strokes Too

    Jul 01 2014

    A family from New Jersey is doing their part to raise awareness about pediatric stroke in honor of their young daughter. About Alexa Alexa Bongiorno, who will turn 3 in August, had an ischemic perinatal stroke before she was born. After missing motor milestones as an infant, her paren

  • 5 Low-cost Alternatives for Stroke Therapy

    Jun 26 2014

    From rebuilding your muscles to working out your brain, recovering from a stroke is a combination of challenging both body and mind. While physical therapy is a common and often successful form of rehabilitation post-stroke, continuing treatment in the months and years after can be pricey, even w

  • A Toothbrush Can Save Your Life

    Jun 19 2014

    Brushing your teeth could save your life. Poor oral hygiene isn’t just bad for your teeth and gums. Neglecting to brush and floss daily could potentially lead to pneumonia, cancer, heart disease and even stroke. And the risk is greater than you might think. A Surprising Risk Factor

  • Safeguard Your Family with Incapacity Planning

    Jun 19 2014

    As stroke survivors and family caregivers know, the unexpected can happen. Incapacity planning prepares you and your family for the day when you will no longer be able to make financial, legal and health decisions on your own. With incapacity planning, you give someone else, a spouse or t

  • 5 Reasons to Talk To Your Doctor About Sleep Apnea After a Stroke

    Jun 17 2014

    An estimated 75 percent of stroke survivors suffer from a form of sleep apnea, or a disruption in breathing while you’re asleep. Signs you may have sleep apnea include snoring loudly, waking up in the night gasping for breath or insomnia. Aside from a lack of sleep, there are other impo

  • Overcome Post-Stroke Vision Challenges

    Jun 17 2014

    Up to a quarter of stroke survivors suffer vision loss as a result of their strokes.  Vision loss can contribute to feeling disoriented or unbalanced. But there are things you can do to help improve these symptoms. Common Vision Problems There are a broad range of vision problems

  • 4 Tips to Help Maintain a Clean Home

    Jun 17 2014

    Following a stroke, caregivers take on many additional responsibilities to help their loved ones adjust to a new lifestyle. Because caregivers have many immediate needs, it can be hard to keep up with household chores like dishes and laundry. Here are several tips to help you maintain a clean hou

  • 5 Little Known Lifestyle Facts to Lower Your Stroke Risk

    Jun 05 2014

    Exercise. Eat more vegetables. Reduce stress. You already know the typical ways to live a healthier lifestyle and reduce your risk of stroke. But there are other simple changes you can make you may not have not heard of that can significantly impact your health. Eat more fish. By

  • How a Light Bulb Can Affect a Stroke Survivor’s Personal Hygiene

    Jun 05 2014

    After a stroke, a stroke survivor faces all kinds of challenges that impact their ability to maintain their personal hygiene. Getting expert advice, adopting the right attitude and choosing the best adaptive equipment can help to shift a challenging experience to a calming one. Here&rsquo

  • 5 New Guidelines for Preventing A Second Stroke

    Jun 05 2014

    New guidelines have been released to help healthcare professionals assess and monitor current risk factors for stroke survivors. Survivors should be aware of the most common risk factors and make a plan with a healthcare professional to help prevent recurring stroke.  High blood pres

  • Exploring the Relationship Between Shingles and Stroke

    Jun 04 2014

    Protecting yourself from shingles can lower your stroke risk.  In the six months after a bout of shingles, you face a much a higher risk for stroke.  What is Shingles? Shingles is a painful rash that develops on one side of the face or body and usually lasts two to four week

  • Stroke Survivor Recovers With the Help of DIY Projects

    Jun 04 2014

    Stroke survivor Bert Seitzinger has never been one to sit around and “watch the boob tube.” And that’s been especially true after his stroke. At 54, Seitzinger spent the past five years since his stroke using his hands to help him recover. From planting a ¾-acre garde

  • How to Dress Your Stroke Survivor

    May 21 2014

    Dressing a stroke survivor takes time and patience. There are new techniques for the stroke survivor to learn and plenty of new clothing options to consider. Getting specific recommendations for your stroke survivor from an occupational therapist is a good place to start. “It&rs

  • Stroke Education by a 1st Grader

    May 21 2014

    My daughter, a first grader, asked her classmates at school to join her on a research project shortly after visiting me at National Stroke Association where I’m the Director of Marketing. The topic of the research project was stroke. The two other classmates she happened to ask have bot

  • How to Shop for Inexpensive Cell Phone Plans

    May 16 2014

    One way to save money on a smartphone is to choose a cost-effective data plan.  To get the best deal for your budget, it’s smart to shop around. Some wireless companies also offer special deals and services for people with disabilities, such as stroke survivors. Don’t

  • From a Stroke to the Summit of Machu Picchu

    May 16 2014

    Just hours after Molly Saeli suffered a stroke while skiing on vacation in Utah six years ago, she asked the doctors if she could leave the hospital to go back and ski. That tenacity is what Saeli, 54, says has been “a key factor” in her recovery. “I think part of it was my

  • Acting FAST has the Power to Save Lives

    May 12 2014

    In the U.S., someone has a stroke every 40 seconds and stroke is the fourth leading cause of death.   Less than 5 percent of U.S. patients receive a potentially life-saving treatment called tPA, which is a clot-buster drug. This is mostly due to a delay in the recognition of sympt

  • National Stroke Association Launches Minorities and Stroke Campaign

    May 06 2014

    Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and a leading cause of adult disability. Women, Hispanics and African-Americans in the U.S. have higher stroke risks and lower recognition of stroke warning signs compared to other populations.   This May, during National Stroke

  • Am I at Risk for Stroke?

    May 02 2014

    Living a healthy and active lifestyle will minimize your risk factors for a stroke and improve your overall health. Here are some common controllable risk factors of a stroke with health tips on preventing and minimizing each risk factor. High blood pressure. High blood pressure, also kno

  • National Stroke Association News

    Apr 24 2014

    Ready to Roll? Maybe Many patients who have had a stroke return to driving without a second thought. To be safe, a medical professional should assess you before getting back behind the wheel. Vision, reaction times, movement and thinking can all be affected by stroke.  Driver rehabilitat

  • 3 Strategies for Combating Post-stroke Fatigue

    Apr 22 2014

    Stroke survivors often experience frustration and fatigue trying to maintain the same lifestyle they had before their stroke. For many stroke survivors, it’s impossible to return to their old activities and schedules. According to a new study from the University of Copenhagen, survivors can

  • Help Your Community to Learn About Stroke

    Apr 18 2014

    May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Stroke survivors, caregivers or supporters of stroke may be looking for a way to get involved and help the public better understand the signs, facts and prevention methods of stroke. Kathy Howard started doing presentations in her community following h

  • How to Ask for Help

    Apr 18 2014

     Caregiving is hard work. Don’t be afraid to ask for the help you and your family may need as a loved one recovers from a stroke.  Let them know. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed as a caregiver, especially in the early days after a loved one’s stroke. And when friend

  • No Caregiver: Tips on How to Take Care of Yourself

    Apr 16 2014

    Many stroke survivors do not have caregivers to assist them in their recovery. If you are single stroke survivor, it is important to advocate for yourself and your health.   The road to recovery can sometimes be overwhelming. Here are a few resources to assist in your recovery.

  • Gardening After a Stroke

    Apr 15 2014

    Gardening brings you closer to nature and is a relaxing way to begin your morning or evening. In caring for and nurturing your garden, you will build up strength, stamina and improve your balance, movement and coordination. A blooming flower garden is something to behold. There is also

  • How to Buy a Smartphone on a Budget

    Apr 07 2014

    Getting a smartphone can make life easier for stroke survivors and family caregivers.    There are apps to help with aphasia, apps to track health care costs, apps for keeping track of doctor and therapy appointments, and apps for music and meditation for relaxation.  

  • Get Involved and Spread Stroke Awareness

    Apr 07 2014

    Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke, and stroke is the fourth leading cause of death. However, compared to similar conditions, such as cancer, heart attacks and diabetes, the public lacks knowledge about stroke. This is clear when looking at the statistics.  

  • How to Make Your Home a Healing Sanctuary

    Apr 05 2014

    By applying the principles of fung shui to your home after a stroke, you can transform it into a healing, calming environment.   “I’ve always believed that your environment plays a very big role in your recovery,” says Valerie Greene, who coaches other stroke surviv

  • How to Add Palliative Care to Your Stroke Recovery Team

    Apr 01 2014

    Adding a palliative care team can help your stroke recovery. The focus of palliative care is to provide relief from pain, stress, depression, fatigue and other symptoms that a stroke survivor may experience over the course of their recovery. What is Palliative Care? The goal of palliative

  • Just 30 Minutes of Walking Improves Physical and Mental Health

    Mar 27 2014

    Summer is just around the corner. As the weather warms up, many people will go outside and enjoy the outdoors. According to a study published in Stroke, stroke survivors can benefit from outdoor activities. The study determined that regular outdoor walks helped improve individuals’ physi

  • Cooking One-handed Following a Stroke

    Mar 24 2014

    Many stroke survivors find it difficult to cook due to a paralyzed limb or spasticity in the arms. Rosanna Radding, stroke survivor and blogger, was unable to use her right hand following her stroke, but she did not want this to limit her from doing her two favorite things—art and cooking.

  • Can a Chocolate Pill Help Prevent Stroke?

    Mar 23 2014

    A new study is being launched to determine if a key ingredient found in dark chocolate can help prevent stroke and cardiovascular disease. Participants will not be consuming excess amounts of candy bars. Instead, researchers will extract nutrients found in dark chocolate and create a supplement.

  • What to Do When a Stroke Survivor Wants To Forego Personal Hygiene?

    Mar 19 2014

    Maintaining good personal hygiene after a stroke takes effort. To customize a personal care routine for a stroke survivor, schedule an evaluation with an occupational therapist.   “One thing I think is really key and important is educating both the caregiver and stroke survivor

  • How to Resume Daily Living After Stroke

    Mar 18 2014

    While resuming daily life, such as buying groceries and attending social functions may seem impossible, getting back out after a stroke is an essential part of the recovery process. Outings provide an opportunity to work on practical skills and add to your quality of life. Because of the American

  • Music and Stroke Therapy: 4 Questions

    Mar 13 2014

    We spoke with Kyle and Lindsey Wilhelm about their innovative techniques of helping stroke survivors regain their speech and movement. How does music therapy help stroke survivors with aphasia? Music therapists often work in collaboration with speech-language pathologists to address speec

  • Staying Calm Can Decrease Your Risk of Stroke

    Mar 06 2014

    Angry Outbursts Can Increase Stroke Risk   Angry outbursts often cause anxiety and regret. According to a new study, these outbursts can also increase your risk of stroke and heart disease. The study found that individuals who had angry outbursts had a higher chance of stroke w

  • Do You Have a Buddy?

    Mar 06 2014

    Wolfgang Wolf has worked as a counselor and mentor to other stroke survivors since 2006.    "Most patients can’t wait to get out of the hospital and get on with life," Wolf writes in his blog, "The glass is half full. Little do they know what life change the

  • 5 Ways to Help Lower High Blood Pressure

    Mar 04 2014

    In the United States, nearly 80% of those who suffer from stroke also have high blood pressure. Managing high blood pressure is important in both preventing and recovering from stroke. Although doctors provide medication to help patients lower blood pressure, there are things you can do to natura

  • Taking Therapy on the Road

    Feb 27 2014

    A vacation provides a much needed break from the routine of recovery, but unfortunately, it can mean missing several therapy sessions. Time off doesn’t have to impede your progress, though. In fact, a vacation can reenergize your therapy sessions and take you to the next level. Before Y

  • From Two Incomes to One: 6 Tips for Managing Your Household

    Feb 26 2014

    During a stroke survivor’s recovery period, caregivers may need to run their family’s household on one income instead of two. These tips will show you how to trim costs and keep your household running smoothly on a much lower income. Create a new budget. Make a list of all your c

  • New Guidelines Can Help Women Prevent Stroke

    Feb 20 2014

    Stroke is the third leading cause of death for women in America, and affects about 425,000 women annually. For the first time ever, a set of stroke guidelines has been established specifically to help women assess risk factors, and help prevent stroke. Key Stats on Women and Stroke Risk

  • Think FAST

    Feb 06 2014

    Think you know everything you need to know about having a stroke? Let National Stroke Association and Howie Mandel put you to the test. A new game and quiz will test your knowledge of stroke warning signs and stroke risk related to atrial fibrillation (Afib). Think Fast is a game-show s

  • The Latest Technology

    Feb 06 2014

    Mobile Phone Technology in Rehabilitation  Your smartphone may hold a key to stroke rehabilitation. To evaluate stroke patients, researchers at Ohio State, led by Stephen Page, Ph.D., are using wireless sensors just like those found inside cell phones and tablets. Packed inside th

  • New Tools from National Stroke Association

    Feb 06 2014

    Two still-shiny resources take the guesswork out of understanding stroke basics and finding the cheapest, closest prescriptions. Explaining Stroke—With clear graphics and easy-to-understand explanations, this recently updated go-to resource explains the causes and types of strokes. Ide

  • What Is Spasticity?

    Feb 06 2014

    Muscle contractions. Spasms. Stiffness. Stroke survivors face these problems daily. Part of a common post-stroke condition called spasticity, these symptoms don’t just cause pain, they also disrupt daily life for many stroke survivors and their caregivers. Although spasticity may strik

  • How Mouthwash Can Affect Stroke Risk

    Feb 06 2014

    Many people use mouthwash daily as a part of an oral hygiene routine. However, new research indicates that some mouthwashes have an unintended consequence—increasing the risk of stroke and heart attack.   A new study by Queen Mary University in London found that mouthwashes tha

  • Support Groups Benefit Stroke Survivors and Caregivers

    Jan 26 2014

    Navigating life after a stroke can be overwhelming for survivors and caregivers. Often times, people do not know where to find assistance, or who to ask for help. Support groups provide everyone affected by stroke a comfortable environment to learn, share stories, gain encouragement and develop n

  • 6 Tips for Making Your Home Safe for Stroke Survivors

    Jan 24 2014

    When a stroke survivor is regaining his or her balance, falls are a huge worry. But as a caregiver, there are plenty of things you can do to make your home safe.  Some simple changes to your home will help to safeguard against falls and make it easier and safer for a stroke survivor to

  • Faces of a Rehabilitation Team

    Jan 23 2014

    To rehabilitate after a stroke, you will need a team of experts supporting you each step of the way. The goal of rehabilitation is for you to become as independent possible.    As you recover, you will relearn skills that a stroke may have taken away, such as eating, dressing an

  • What To Do After Being Denied for Disability Benefits

    Jan 21 2014

    Social Security Disability Insurance provides income to people unable to work because of a disability. And if you qualify, this insurance provides regular monthly payments based on your lifetime earnings.    To qualify, you must meet the strict definition of “disability&rd

  • Chiropractic Manipulation Can Lead to Stroke

    Jan 16 2014

    Each year almost 20 million Americans who are seeking respite from back pain, neck pain, headaches and sinus problems visit the chiropractor. For many, the manipulations provide some relief. But some of these techniques, including cervical neck manipulation or “cracking the neck,” rai

  • How To Meditate To Lower Stress

    Jan 13 2014

    Rehab after a stroke is a lot of work. And just a few minutes of mindful meditation each day can help to calm the mind, reduce sensations of chronic pain and stave off depression.   Through mindfulness meditation stroke survivors gain an in-the-moment awareness of breath and body sen

  • Don’t Fall Behind—5 Tips for Managing Post-stroke Finances

    Jan 08 2014

    After a stroke, it’s not uncommon to fall behind in paying for medical bills and other expenses. Getting back on track financially can seem a daunting task, but these tips can help get you started.   Get a plan. Reach out to hospital and care facilities about payment plans. Str

  • Anxiety Levels Can Increase Stroke Risk

    Jan 07 2014

    Could having anxiety boost the risk of a stroke? According to a new long-term study done by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, higher levels of anxiety are linked to higher risk of stroke. “These findings underscore the importance of also considering anxiety when considerin

  • New Year, New You: 5 Ways to Start the New Year Off Right

    Jan 02 2014

    Starting the New Year off on a healthy note is always harder than it sounds, especially coming off the holidays full on delicious food and drink. Here are five helpful tips on how to kick off the New Year right. 1. Don’t Skip Breakfast. Breakfast fuels our bodies for the day. A filli

  • 5 Ways to Make Your New Year's Resolution Stick

    Dec 20 2013

    The New Year is a time for people to reflect on their past year’s behavior and set goals to make positive lifestyle changes for their future. If your New Year’s resolutions list is a long as your grocery list, this may seem like a daunting task. And when February and March come with n

  • 5 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Kitchen

    Dec 20 2013

    Many people are quick to name the winter holidays as their favorite time of the year because they are associated with things like warm fires, decorating and spending time with loved ones. Unfortunately, it’s also commonly associated with stressful and harried moments in the kitchen. As a fo

  • Driving Again: Are You Ready?

    Dec 19 2013

    After a stroke it is not unusual for a survivor to want to drive again as quickly as possible. Independence, freedom and being able to get around are all important. But, above all else, safety behind the wheel should come first. Brain damage after a stroke can change how you operate a vehicle. So

  • Chocolate: Go Ahead and Indulge

    Dec 17 2013

    Chocoholics prepare to celebrate because a regular dose of chocolate has been shown to protect against high blood pressure and diabetes, as well as cut the risk of stroke by one-third. The Good Stuff Chocolate is made from the cocoa bean, which is rich in plant nutrients called flavonoi

  • A Challenge from Howie Mandel

    Dec 16 2013

    Atrial fibrillation (Afib) not caused by a heart valve problem, a type of irregular heartbeat, affects approximately 5.8 million people in the U.S. However, many people with Afib are unaware that they are at an increased risk for having a stroke. The newly launched Fibs or Facts campaign a

  • Post-acute Care and Rehabilitation

    Dec 12 2013

    Combing through rehabilitation facilities and services for a stroke survivor can be a challenge if you don’t know what to look for. We asked Dexanne B. Clohan, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at HealthSouth some questions to help navigate the process. What is acute care? Acute care is gi

  • Controlling High Blood Pressure Can Reduce Stroke

    Dec 09 2013

    A recent review, published in the medical journal Lancet, makes the case that people who weigh too much can reduce stroke by controlling risk, making lifestyle changes and taking medication, even if they fail to lose weight. Controlling blood pressure seems to be the key factor. Researchers

  • 5 Family Activities to Do During the Holidays

    Dec 09 2013

    With the holiday season in full swing, it’s likely that time with family and friends will increase. This creates a great opportunity to reconnect with loved ones who may be recovering from a stroke. Certain activities can help stroke survivors continue to develop mind and physical functi

  • Frankie Muniz Suffers Second Mini-stroke

    Dec 06 2013

    On November 25th, 27 year old actor Frankie Muniz from the the hit television show “Malcom in the Middle”, suffered a second mini-stroke; almost a year to the day after his first.    A mini-stroke is also known as a transient ischemic attack (TIA), and occurs when there

  • 3 Common Post-stroke Emotional and Behavioral Changes

    Dec 04 2013

    Brain injury as a result of stroke may affect how a survivor thinks, feels and behaves. It’s important to be aware of the more common emotional and behavioral changes so the survivor and caregivers understand what is happening.  Some changes to look for include:

  • Stop the Spasms with Massage Therapy

    Nov 27 2013

    When you have a stroke you are essentially having a “brain attack”. The flow of oxygen is cut off from the brain and more often than not, survivors are left with some kind of brain damage.  When the part of the central nervous system that controls voluntary movement is damaged, i

  • Stroke Survivors Thankful for New Technology

    Nov 25 2013

    This past June, the National Stroke Association teamed up with stroke survivor Erik Cherdak and Bioness to form the Cherdak-Bioness grant for the L300 Foot Drop Systems, a small device worn on the lower leg and foot, which creates natural movement of the foot and ankle. So far, the grant has dist

  • 5 Gift Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank

    Nov 22 2013

    The holiday season is a special time to celebrate. It’s also a time to express our gratitude for loved ones and those who give so much to make a difference in our lives.  Express your admiration this season with these gift giving ideas.   1. Spa/Salon Gift Certificate A litt

  • Breaking Strides

    Nov 19 2013

    Surviving a stroke at a young age, especially with children still living at home, is a trial not many expect to face in their lives. While her resources were limited, with the help of her family and community Wendy Gottschalk, who had a stroke at 41, has risen above and beyond that challenge. Wen

  • Do Know Your Diabetes ABCs?

    Nov 13 2013

    In the U.S. nearly 26 million children and adults have diabetes. Another 79 million have pre-diabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal. Many of these people will be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes within 10 years. Often people with diabetes have health problems tha

  • 5 Apps for Stroke Recovery

    Nov 12 2013

    Rehabilitation after a stroke can be an uphill battle. Both stroke survivors and caregivers encounter monumental challenges. With technology advancing so rapidly, there are ways to utilize your smartphone or tablet to help in the recovery process. There are an endless amount of apps available, so

  • 5 Ways to Reduce Post-Stroke Pain

    Nov 05 2013

    More often than not, survivors will experience pain associated with their stroke.  This pain can either be local or central, moderate or severe, constant or on and off. Local pain is due to muscle or soft tissue damage and is felt mostly in the joints. Central pain is less common, but can be

  • How the Flu Shot Could Cut Stroke Risk

    Oct 31 2013

    Fall is in full bloom with winter rapidly approaching, which means that flu season is upon us. The benefits of getting a flu vaccine now go beyond simply preventing influenza. But more than half of people under 65 and one third of people over 65 avoid the vaccine. According to a new study

  • Stroke Risk Rising in Today’s Youth

    Oct 30 2013

    Stroke is a condition that is often associated with adults 65 and older. The reality is it can strike anyone, anytime, for many different reasons. If you are a young, vibrant and healthy adult, worrying about stroke, either for yourself or your child, is probably the last thing on your mind. But

  • 5 Trouble Free Traveling Tips

    Oct 28 2013

    With the winter approaching, travel is probably on your mind, either to see family members, or just get away from the cold. But if you or a loved one has survived a stroke, traveling may seem like a daunting task. The reality is taking a trip can be an amazing way to re-energize and lift you

  • How to Track and Tackle Bills

    Oct 14 2013

    What are the three most common errors found on bills? Candice Butcher, vice president of Medical Recovery Services, Medical Billing Advocates of America outlines: Charging for routine supplies, services and equipment; charging for items that are part of another service or procedure; and listing i

  • Incontinence and Food Sensitivities

    Oct 09 2013

    If you’re dealing with incontinence as a byproduct of stroke, Dr. Michele Cournan, director of clinical operations at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady, New York, recommends avoiding the following foods. If it’s too hard to completely cut these items out, then Dr. Courn

  • How to Communicate With Aphasia Patients

    Oct 03 2013

    RVA Aphasia group, a stroke support group in Virginia, wanted to help people better understand and communicate with stroke survivors with aphasia.  Aphasia is a disorder of communication that impairs a person’s ability to use and comprehend language. To help family, loved ones,

  • Weight Loss Lessons From a Stroke Survivor

    Sep 27 2013

    Until recently, 2012 Faces of StrokeSM Ambassador Charles Louis weighed about 350 pounds. But over the last year, he has dropped to 230 and is still going—that’s a 120-pound loss.   Before his stroke eight years ago, Charles knew nothing about stroke. But h

  • Video: Senator Kirk Finds Inspiration From 11-year-old

    Sep 24 2013

    About a month after a major stroke in January 2012, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk received a letter of encouragement from Jackson Cunningham, a fellow stroke survivor. Kirk says Jackson’s letter was by far the best he received. The two quickly became pen pals and continue to stay in touch. Jackson

  • How to Get Away From It All

    Sep 20 2013

    In today’s world, life can run at light speed. Most of us are on the go from the moment we get up until we lay our head on the pillow 14 to 17 hours later. If you’re a caregiver, you can add doctors’ appointments, therapies and errands to your day and you are lucky to find a mom

  • Diagnosing Stroke

    Sep 18 2013

    Sudden dizziness can be a sign of stroke. But dizziness can also be an indication of many other, lesser problems. Diagnostic tools are crucial to separate emergency cases such as stroke from common infections. According to Johns Hopkins, emergency room visits for severe dizziness have incr

  • Cholesterol: The Good, the Bad and the Triglycerides

    Sep 16 2013

    Your cholesterol may be one of your biggest stroke risk factors—controlling it may help prevent a stroke.   What Is It? Cholesterol is a fat-like substance found in every cell of the body. It travels through your bloodstream and helps your body create hormones and substances

  • Back to the Basics

    Sep 12 2013

    Recovering from a stroke often means a decrease in income and an increase in expenses. It’s important to cut expenses in as many areas as possible. It’s time to get serious about what you really need and what you really want. Examine your income and expenses and create a spending

  • Stroke a Growing Problem in Adolescents, Young Adults

    Sep 10 2013

    The risk of stroke in adolescents and young adults is on the rise. According to the journal Neurology, the number of people aged 15-44 who were discharged from the hospital after having a stroke increased as much as 53 percent over the last decade.   While risk factors, such as high

  • Afib and You

    Sep 06 2013

    September is National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month. Afib is an irregular heartbeat and a major risk factor for stroke. Symptoms can include heart palpitations, dizziness, shortness of breath, or overall weakness, but many people living with Afib experience no symptoms at all. Many s

  • tPA Use Doubles

    Aug 30 2013

    Use of the "clot-busting" drug tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) to treat patients with strokes caused by a blocked blood vessel to the brain nearly doubled between 2003 and 2011.   tPA is an enzyme found naturally in the body that converts, or activates, plasminogen into

  • How to Eat After a Stroke

    Aug 28 2013

    Stroke Prevention Through Nutrition Good nutrition reduces stroke risk factors, including obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. There are several steps you can take to improve your health through nutrition. You’ve heard them all before, but how do you put them into prac

  • 5 Tips for Managing Medical Bills

    Aug 23 2013

    The Facts The cost for stroke care can be expensive and overwhelming. But getting behind on your bills or not getting help right away can worsen the blow.     What You Can Do • Get help. Many hospitals and stroke facilities provide financial aid counselors. Se

  • Picking Out the Positive

    Aug 23 2013

    Late one evening in 2002, Harold had an upset stomach and said he didn’t feel right. He was going to go to bed and asked his fiancée, Karen, to watch over him as he slept. Instead, she took him to the emergency room. At the ER, Harold’s heart beat uncontrollably. He was

  • Your Eyes Might Show Your Stroke Risk

    Aug 22 2013

    They say your eyes are the windows to your soul and now they may just be able to determine your stroke risk too.   Researchers have found a new way to assess the stroke risk of a patient with hypertension, or high blood pressure. The study found a correlation between a condition

  • Reduce Your Stress in 5 Minutes

    Aug 19 2013

    Stress is common among stroke survivors and caregivers and dealing with it may seem overwhelming. Studies show that meditation can be an effective way of relieving tension and stress as well as overcoming difficult situations.   Meditation has been integrated into the therapy regimen

  • Can You Go Back to Your Job After a Stroke?

    Aug 15 2013

    Stroke is often associated with the elderly. But in reality, nearly one quarter of strokes occur in people under the age of 65, many of whom are part of the workforce.   It can be important for a stroke survivor to return to work. Aside from the obvious benefits of working, such as i

  • Caregiving From a Distance

    Aug 13 2013

    It’s natural to want to help take care of the stroke survivor in your life, but living far away can make caregiving extra challenging.   Don’t let distance discourage you—there are ways to help.   Leah Eskenazi, director of operations at Family Caregive

  • Sex After Stroke

    Aug 08 2013

    After a stroke, many survivors have to work to regain their sense of self. Hobbies, work and day-to-day tasks aren’t as easy as they used to be and many survivors rely on the help of their physical therapists and doctors to work at these things.   When asked, many stroke surviv

  • How Safe Is a Clinical Trial?

    Aug 07 2013

    What Is a Clinical Trial? Before they can be made available to patients, new drugs and other treatments must be thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective. This testing, which can involve methods of treating, detecting or preventing illness or injury, is known as a clinical tria

  • Going to Work After a Stroke

    Aug 05 2013

    Grant had a stroke at the age of 46. The cause: a PFO, or hole in the heart. He did not know he had a PFO until he had his stroke. According to his doctors, Grant’s stroke was the fourth biggest they had ever seen. It had affected his brain from the frontal lobe all the way back to t

  • Try, Athlete

    Aug 01 2013

    Six years ago, Jenny Zhang signed up for a triathlon and was anxiously waiting for the snow to melt so she could start training on the new bike her husband bought her for Christmas. But in February, she had a stroke and her dream of riding that bike seemed far off. Six years later, she was n

  • Expanded Medicare Coverage Proposed

    Jul 30 2013

    Medicare recipients who rely on telemedicine services are getting some good news. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new proposed rule that would make changes to the telemedicine system.   Telemedicine, sometimes called telehealth or remote medicine, inv

  • Four-legged Rehab

    Jul 24 2013

    If you have a pet, you may know the value of having an animal in your life. But beyond that, human-animal interaction in a hospital or rehab setting can have profoundly noticeable effects on a stroke survivor’s recovery.   Registered animal-assisted therapy teams work with stro

  • Finding Purpose After a Stroke

    Jul 22 2013

    Stroke survivor and National Stroke Association volunteer, Jeff Volkerding, answers a few questions. What is your dream job? My dream job would be something that I did pursue in my past life, my pre-stroke life, which is being a professional entertainer. I played music professionally start

  • Growing Up With Stroke

    Jul 18 2013

    New research suggests that an individual’s stroke risk could come down to where they spent their teenage years.   The University of Alabama at Birmingham study, funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, found that those who lived in the area known a

  • 2013 RAISE Awards Nominations Now Open

    Jul 16 2013

    The Raising Excellence in Stroke Awareness (RAISE) Awards annually recognizes individuals and groups across the country for taking stroke awareness activities to new heights.    Nominations are now open. Watch this video to learn more and find out how you can nominate someo

  • Making a LEAP in Recovery

    Jul 12 2013

    If you’ve ever come out of the hospital or a doctor’s office without really knowing or understanding everything that happened, you’re not alone. A recent National Stroke Association survey identified important gaps in the stroke education given to stroke survivors and caregivers

  • Faces of Stroke: Ruth Wolfe

    Jul 09 2013

    Ruth Wolfe is a respiratory therapist—a healthcare professional who works in a hospital. When she had a stroke, her education and experience helped her recognize the signs for what they were. At the time of her stroke, Ruth was on the phone with her husband, a retired fireman, who also reco

  • Celebrate Your Independence by Improving It

    Jul 03 2013

    A decrease or loss of movement is a common problem for stroke survivors. Stroke is the number one cause of adult disability in the U.S. Roughly 40 percent of survivors experience serious falls within the first year of recovery. Mobility includes paralysis and balance problems—conditions

  • Where Are They Now?

    Jul 01 2013

    Last year, at the inaugural Raising Awareness in Stroke Excellence (RAISE) Awards, six groups and individuals were recognized for their community stroke awareness activities. And their efforts didn’t stop there. At the age of 9, Elijah Rutherford won the Most Creative award. Elijah star

  • The Emotional Trauma of Stroke

    Jun 28 2013

    Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) isn’t just for veterans. A recent study found that one in four survivors of a stroke or transient ischemic attack experience symptoms of PTSD within the first year of recovery. One in nine survivors develop chronic PTSD more than a year later.  

  • Five-minute Stroke Treatment

    Jun 26 2013

    It is crucial to act FAST when you or a loved one experiences a symptom of stroke. Securing the necessary medical help, calling 9-1-1 and getting to a hospital is your half of the job—then it’s up to the healthcare professionals to recognize and treat a stroke quickly. National

  • At a Loss for Words

    Jun 20 2013

    Diana Green became a stroke survivor more than two years ago, but remembers the night as if it just happened. She was watching TV and had just called her son, who was away at college. But she could not speak. Aphasia is a neurological condition caused by damage to the areas of the brain th

  • Day-to-day Caregiver Challenges

    Jun 11 2013

      When someone suffers a stroke, everyone’s attention turns toward them. Rightfully so, they are the one with the most hurdles to overcome. But, to be fair, the job of caregiver is not an easy one. And often, those of us who find ourselves in this role come into it by accident

  • What Is Potassium?

    Jun 06 2013

     What do bananas and stroke prevention have in common? Potassium. A recent study published by the BJM Group looked closely at the effects of increased potassium intake on cardiovascular risk factors and disease, including stroke. They discovered a significant association betwe

  • A Call for More Stroke Research

    Jun 05 2013

    Last week, as a wrap up to National Stroke Awareness Month, members of the National Stroke Association went to Capitol Hill to educate members of Congress on stroke, its warning signs and symptoms, rehabilitation, and stroke related medical research. The event speakers detailed 5 Calls to Action

  • Bioness announces grant for stroke patients

    Jun 04 2013

    The National Stroke Association (NSA), stroke survivor Erik Cherdak, and Bioness announced yesterday the formation of the Cherdak-Bioness Grant, a philanthropic fund that will provide the Bioness L300 to 30 individuals through the NSA's Stroke Center Network of rehabilitation facilities.

  • 5 Calls to Action for Congress

    Jun 03 2013

      Those of you reading this likely already know that Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. On average, someone will have a stroke every 40 seconds. These numbers make it all the more important to have the stroke community’s voice heard on Capitol Hill, t

  • Faces of Stroke: Dan Hetrick

    May 30 2013

    Two years ago, Dan Hetrick set out on a mission of self-improvement. The impetus? At 6’ tall and 285 pounds, he was classified as “morbidly obese.” Hetrick was on three blood pressure medicines and looking at a fourth as blood work showed him on a path to high cholesterol. Not s

  • Faces of Stroke: Lisa Foster

    May 28 2013

    Election Day, November 4th, 2008 is a memorable one for Lisa Foster. When Foster, a nurse, arrived at work that morning she dropped her water bottle. As she attempted to pick up the bottle, she fell into her desk. Luckily, she was in the right profession, and her co-workers were quick to rush to

  • National Stroke Awareness Month

    May 25 2013

    Many of us within the stroke community know that May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Unfortunately, many millions more have no idea. Having knowledge of the sheer numbers, I often wonder why more people aren’t aware of how prevalent stroke is in our country. Some of the statistics m

  • Berries for Health

    May 22 2013

    Summer is fast approaching and with it comes a wonderful variety of fresh fruit and veggies, including berries. Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries, are all rich in antioxidants. The pigments, which give berries their color (i.e. make blackberries blackish/purple or raspberrie

  • Are You Having a Stroke?

    May 22 2013

    This morning, I was chaperoning a 5th grade field trip to the local recreation center pool. The kids were all happily playing on the slides and in the water when suddenly some commotion broke out near the hot tub. The tub was to my left, and out of sight enough that the kids didn’t immediat

  • Landmark Decision Boosts Medicare Coverage

    May 21 2013

    Earlier this year, a federal court approved a major settlement of a nationwide class-action lawsuit that will expand Medicare coverage for long-term disabilities such as stroke to tens of thousands of patients. The ruling is being heralded as a landmark for Medicare recipients who have long been

  • 3 Signs of a Stroke

    May 19 2013

    Understanding the warning signs of a stroke and getting help fast, is critical to treatment options and the possible outcome after having a stroke. Whether it’s recognizing the signs in yourself or a loved one, here’s how to identify a stroke and act FAST (use the FAST acronym to reme

  • Faces of Stroke: Wyatt David

    May 19 2013

    Early one morning last fall, Wyatt David, an elementary school teacher, was following his usual routine to get ready for work. He noticed he felt a little off, but didn’t think much of it. It wasn’t until he arrived at school and was writing the notes for that day’s class on the

  • Stroke Study: New Drug May Help Stroke Mobility

    May 16 2013

    The latest results in an ongoing drug study show promise for stroke survivors having difficulty walking after stroke. Data from a phase II clinical study says a new drug that helps multiple sclerosis patients walk may also do the same for stroke survivors. According to Acorda Therapeutics, th

  • Caregiver Education: New Webinar Series Launches

    May 15 2013

    Two nationally recognized organizations have joined forces to launch a new webinar series designed specifically for the nation's growing number of working family caregivers. Employer work/life benefits and services provider LifeCare has teamed up with Caregiving Club CEO Sherri Snelling t

  • Sen. Kirk Makes First Public Appearance After Stroke

    May 14 2013

    More than a year ago, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) experienced a major stroke event that not only threatened his career on Capitol Hill but his very life as well. After 15 months of post-stroke rehab and countless hours of physical therapy, the Illinois senator made a triumphant return to his home sta

  • OSU Tests Smartphone Tech for Stroke

    May 13 2013

    While many of us take the technology packed into smartphones and tablets for granted, researchers that specialize in rehabilitation are using it to evaluate the progress of stroke survivors who are learning to walk again. A team at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is applying t

  • Gear & Gadgets: Stay Bowls, Apps and Mobility

    May 09 2013

    Original AFO Assist® from Home Heart Beats Designed and developed by Diane Vitillo, MS, OTR/L, PTA, CAPS, the Original AFO Assist is a lower-body dressing aid to facilitate donning an ankle foot orthosis (AFO) and show by a stroke survivor and other physically-challenged individuals. The

  • Caregiving Radio: New Show for Family Caregivers

    May 08 2013

    Helping his family navigate a $9,000,000 medical catastrophe that has included 78 surgeries, multiple amputations, 60 doctors, 12 hospitals and 7 insurance companies over 27 years has earned Peter Rosenberger what he calls a "PhD in Caregiving." And on Sunday, May 12, the motivational s

  • Stroke Tech: New Telestroke Program in Washington

    May 07 2013

    The Quincy Valley Medical Center in Quincy, Wash. has launched a new robotic telestroke program. Coordinated through Providence Sacred Heart's comprehensive stroke center, the QVMC robotic telestroke program will directly link physicians at the facility to all of Sacred Heart's nation

  • Act FAST: Phone Call Saves Reporter from Stroke

    May 06 2013

    At first, University of Wyoming Assistant Athletic Director Tim Harkins thought he had a bad cell phone connection. He soon realized that Natalie Meisler, the veteran college football reporter he was speaking with, was having a stroke on the other end of the line. Meisler was more than 100 mi

  • About Stroke: The Stroke "Recovery Window" Myth

    May 05 2013

    "They told me the window for my recovery had closed." Stroke survivors who exhaust traditional methods of care are routinely told by medical professionals, "there’s nothing else that can be done." The doctors and therapists move on to the next patient and survivors f

  • Stroke Events: 2013 TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour

    May 02 2013

    This Sunday, May 5, is the 2013 TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour in New York City. National Stroke Association is a proud charity partner of this great urban bike tour and will support a team of cyclists in the 40-mile course through each of New York City’s five boroughs. By participating as

  • Stroke Support: Start Your Own Support Group

    May 01 2013

    Support groups based on National Stroke Association's Discovery Circles guide allow stroke survivors and caregivers to set individualized goals, share knowledge and empower one another. By bringing survivors and caregivers together for a common cause, the resource guide enables participants t

  • Act FAST: Texting Stroke Awareness

    Apr 30 2013

    Although stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S., less than one-third of Americans can recognize more than one stroke warning sign. By 2030, it is estimated that 4 million people will have had a stroke. The importance of raising the bar on recogni

  • Stroke Study: Post-Stroke Depression Hits Many

    Apr 29 2013

    Around one-third of all stroke survivors suffer from some form of depression, a new study says. Making matters worse, it is believed that post-stroke depression, in turn, increases the risk for recurring strokes. According to a new review article from Loyola University Medical Center, some st

  • Act FAST: Soccer Mom Stroke

    Apr 26 2013

    I had my stroke September 24th, 2011 at the age of 33. I was watching my oldest son Joshua (11 at the time) play a very heated soccer game. I had a splitting headache and just generally didn't feel well. I get migraines regularly so I thought nothing of the headache. I felt very sick and

  • Caregiving for Stroke: When Reality Sets In

    Apr 24 2013

    Most people have no idea what comes with saying "yes" to caring for a loved one who's had a stroke. What do you do once you realize it is more than you bargained for? Maybe it is an immediate feeling: "Oh no, this is more than I can handle."? Or maybe after a short whi

  • Stroke Health: Reduce Stroke Risk with Cherries?

    Apr 23 2013

    You've heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but new research suggests that cherries may be even better for your health. In fact, says the University of Michigan Health System, eating tart cherries may reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke. Not only do tart cherries pro

  • About Stroke: Stroke in African Americans

    Apr 22 2013

    According to National Stroke Association, African Americans are twice as likely to die from stroke as Caucasians. The rate of first strokes in African Americans is almost double that of Caucasians, and strokes tend to occur earlier in life for African Americans than Caucasians. Additionally, the

  • Act FAST: Walking for Walter

    Apr 22 2013

    Editor's note: During the month of April, National Stroke Association is holding it's Act FAST campaign in an effort to raise funds and awareness in the battle against stroke. Below, Sandra Pileggi tells StrokeSmart the story of her husband's stroke and how her family now participates

  • Stroke Study: Some Ignore Post-Stroke Health

    Apr 18 2013

    Researchers have long known that we humans are creatures of habit. Now it appears that it doesn't matter how bad that habit may actually be, as new data suggest that a significant amount of people don't make healthy lifestyle changes after a life-threatening illness. In a recent study

  • After Stroke: Caregiving for Stroke Survivors

    Apr 17 2013

    Caregivers and family members play a prominent role throughout the post-stroke recovery process. Both are absolutely essential to a successful home care strategy for stroke survivors. Unfortunately, many caregivers (and family members in charge of home care responsibilities) are too often overloo

  • Stroke Signs: Can Dental Health Predict Stroke?

    Apr 16 2013

    Dental health is an important part of your overall wellness, but can it be used to predict broader health-related issues like stroke? Yes, says a new study, which finds a direct connection between a patient's oral health and their risk for having a stroke. According to research published

  • About Stroke: Stroke in Minorities

    Apr 15 2013

    Statistics show that minority populations are often in relatively poorer health than the rest of population and are underserved by the nation's health care system. So much so, says the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), that the agency has dedicated the entire month of Apri

  • Dr. Oz: Exercise Benefits After a Stroke (2)

    Apr 11 2013

    We know that exercising several times per week is recommended for good health. But according to the National Center of Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD), exercise is even more important for those with disabilities such as those associated with brain trauma. Combined with good nutrition

  • Dr. Oz: Exercise Benefits After Stroke

    Apr 11 2013

    A stroke happens when an artery in the brain becomes blocked and blood supply is kept from reaching vital tissues in the brain. If not addressed immediately, these brain-attacks can create brain damage of various levels that affect a person's ability to complete basic functions such as speaki

  • About Stroke: 9 Stroke Prevention Guidelines (7-9)

    Apr 09 2013

    7. Manage exercise and diet: Excess weight strains the circulatory system. Exercise five times a week. Maintain a diet low in calories, salt, saturated and trans fats and cholesterol. Eat five servings of fruits and vegetables daily.   8. Treat circulation problems: Fatty deposits ca

  • About Stroke: 9 Stroke Prevention Guidelines (4-6)

    Apr 09 2013

    4. Control alcohol use: Alcohol use has been linked to stroke in many studies. Most doctors recommend not drinking or drinking only in moderation–no more than two drinks each day. Remember that alcohol can negatively interact with other drugs you are taking.   5. Know cholester

  • About Stroke: 9 Stroke Prevention Guidelines

    Apr 09 2013

    Although stroke can happen to anyone, certain risk factors can increase your chances of having a stroke. However, studies now show that as many as 80 percent of strokes can be prevented by working with a healthcare professional to reduce your personal risk. It is important to manage personal risk

  • Stroke Fells "Iron" Margaret Thatcher

    Apr 08 2013

    Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher passed away Monday after experiencing a fatal stroke. The world-renowned political figure known to many as "The Iron Lady" was 87. "It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother, Baroness Thatch

  • Stroke 101: Stroke Risk Factors

    Apr 07 2013

    Many risk factors are beyond your control, including being over age 55, being male, being African-American, having diabetes, and having a family history of stroke. If you have one or more of these risk factors, it is even more important that you learn about the lifestyle and medical changes you c

  • Stroke 101: Stroke by the Numbers

    Apr 07 2013

    • In the United States, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death, killing more than 133,000 people each year, and a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability. • There are an estimated 7,000,000 stroke survivors in the U.S. over age 20. • Approximately 795,000

  • Stroke 101: Types of Stroke

    Apr 07 2013

    There are two types of stroke: ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke. Here are the differences: • Ischemic stroke occurs when arteries are blocked by blood clots or by the gradual build up of plaque and other fatty deposits. About 87 percent of all strokes are ischemic. • Hemor

  • Stroke 101: What is Stroke?

    Apr 07 2013

    A stroke or "brain attack" occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery (a blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body) or a blood vessel (a tube through which the blood moves through the body) breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. When either of these thi

  • Faces of Stroke: My Daughter's Stroke

    Apr 05 2013

    "I kissed her goodbye as she got on the school bus on a cold November morning. I was food shopping when the nurse called from the school telling me that Chloe had a headache and was slurring her words. Chloe was a chronic complainer and I assumed she was playing sick so I finished with check

  • Gear & Gadgets: 3 Products for Stroke (3)

    Apr 04 2013

    Lend-A-Hand Arm Support Developed by Even Par Enterprises, the Lend-A-Hand support system is being billed as a universal assistive device designed to help the physically challenged or disabled individual. The mechanism provides additional arm support, leverage and strength while a user perfor

  • Gear & Gadgets: 3 Products for Stroke (2)

    Apr 04 2013

    Lingraphica's 7" MiniTalk Speech-Generator Healthcare technology company Lingraphica introduced its latest speech generating product called the MiniTalk. The compact-sized device comes with a 7-inch display screen that depicts and speaks more than 7,000 graphic icons, words, phrases

  • Gear & Gadgets: 3 Products for Stroke

    Apr 04 2013

    Bill-Ray Home Mobility's Friendly Beds® Friendly Beds® is a new product from Bill-Ray Mobility that provides bed mobility assistance to people with serious and long-term disabilities from stroke and other serious illnesses and injuries. The product line is designed to offer people

  • Caregiving and Work: Tips for Tackling Two Jobs at Once

    Apr 03 2013

    Are you one of the 54 million Americans who care for a family member? One of the 20-50 percent of employees who tend to a loved one before going to work, then return to care again after a long hard day on the job? Feeling torn between both “jobs” and trying to perform well at eac

  • White House: BRAIN Initiative Next Medical Frontier

    Apr 02 2013

    Today at the White House, President Barack Obama unveiled the government's new "BRAIN" Initiative—a "bold new research effort to revolutionize our understanding of the human mind." The program is designed to bring together the nation's leading neuroscientists to

  • Top 10 Sources of Dietary Fiber (6-10)

    Apr 01 2013

    6. Baked potato (with the skin). A dietary staple for centuries without all the glitz and glamour. A traditional baked potato (don't forget the skin) is a great source of fiber offering as much as 4 grams - about 10 percent - of the daily recommended amount. (Careful not to load up with too m

  • Top 10 Sources of Dietary Fiber (1-5)

    Apr 01 2013

    1. Beans. The more beans the better. Salads, burritos, chili and soups. Which beans are the best for fiber? All are good, but here's some quick data on fiber per serving (1/2 cup): Lima beans: 13 grams Pinto beans: 7 grams White beans: 3 grams 2. Whole grains. Whole grains

  • More Fiber = Stroke Prevention?

    Apr 01 2013

    Scientists and doctors have long known that fiber helps with a variety of health-related issues like constipation, healthy weight levels and a lowered risk of diabetes. Now it seems that fiber may be even better than previously believed, because new research suggests extra fiber intake may even h

  • 2013 Act FAST for Stroke Challenge

    Mar 31 2013

    In anticipation of National Stroke Awareness month in May, National Stroke Association has launched the 2013 Act FAST for Stroke Challenge campaign to help raise funds for the organization and it's mission to increase awareness about stroke. The campaign encourages members of the stroke commu

  • Top 5 Movies About Stroke #5

    Mar 28 2013

    5. Gods and Monsters: (1998) In the story, retired film director James Whale (Ian McKellen) has been living for many years in peaceful, if not entirely contented retirement, under the loving and watchful eye of his contentious and argumentative Hungarian housekeeper (Lynn Redgrave). His earli

  • Top 5 Movies About Stroke #4

    Mar 28 2013

    4. Dave: (1993) The ghost of Frank Capra must have smiled when he saw Dave, an amusing and effective update of one of Capra's favorite themes—the scrupulously honest little guy who becomes a force for good against a corrupt system. Dave Kovic (Kevin Kline) runs an employment agency

  • Top 5 Movies About Stroke #3

    Mar 28 2013

    3. The Straight Story (1999) David Lynch offers an uncharacteristically straightforward and warmly sentimental approach to his material in this film, based on a true story, about an elderly man's journey to reconcile with his brother. Alvin Straight (Richard Farnsworth) is an ailing widow

  • Top 5 Movies About Stroke #2

    Mar 28 2013

    2. Amour (2012) Georges and Anne are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke. The couple's bond of love is severely tested. -- (C) Official Site "It won the Pa

  • Top 5 Movies About Stroke #1

    Mar 28 2013

    1. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) The astonishing true-life story of Jean-Dominic Bauby—a man who held the world in his palm, lost everything to sudden paralysis at 43 years old, and somehow found the strength to rebound. Bauby first touched the world in with best-selling auto

  • Top 5 Movies About Stroke

    Mar 28 2013

    Everyone loves a good movie. Not everyone agrees on what movies are the best. The last time the American Film Institute (AFI) issued its list of the best movies of all time, only one film produced this millennium cracked the top 50 (Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001), and on

  • Caregiving 101: First 5 Steps for New Caregivers (5)

    Mar 27 2013

    Step 5: Don't forget what's most important: Finding support for yourself. After all this planning, caregivers can often feel isolated as they take on more responsibility and their social lives move into the background. FCA recommends finding a support group to meet other family caregi

  • Caregiving 101: First 5 Steps for New Caregivers (4)

    Mar 27 2013

    Step 4: Take advantage of community resources. Programs such as Meals on Wheels and adult day care programs are available so that new caregivers don't feel like they have to do everything themselves. "See if there are caregiver classes and workshops offered in your community by calli

  • Caregiving 101: First 5 Steps for New Caregivers (3)

    Mar 27 2013

    Step 3: Consider inviting family and close friends to discuss your loved one's care. If possible, your loved one should be included in the meeting. "List the tasks that are needed so they can be more easily divided up," FCA says. "Let everyone discuss their concerns, as wel

  • Caregiving 101: First 5 Steps for New Caregivers (2)

    Mar 27 2013

    Step 2: Talk with your loved one about his or her finances and health care wishes. "If your relative is able to complete a Durable Power of Attorney for finances and health care, assist her or him in meeting with an elderlaw specialist to draw up these documents," FCA says. This pla

  • Caregiving 101: First 5 Steps for New Caregivers

    Mar 27 2013

    It happens everyday. Someone has a stroke and before anyone realizes the magnitude of the situation the family must provide care for their stricken loved one. At times the job can be difficult. At times being a family caregiver can be a lonely endeavor. But the important thing to remember, sa

  • NY Hospital Earns 'Exceptional' Certification

    Mar 26 2013

    Long Island Press Releases — South Nassau Communities Hospital has been awarded The Joint Commission Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers.  The certification confirms that South Nassau is making “exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care.”

  • Sweet! Chocolate May Reduce Stroke Risk

    Mar 25 2013

    Good news for chocolate lovers couldn't have come at a better time. With Easter just around the corner, scientists are saying that those little chocolate bunnies may actually help reduce the risk of having a stroke. Previous research has long proven that eating dark chocolate in moderatio

  • Faces of Stroke: Never Surrender

    Mar 22 2013

    Robert Coughlin describes himself as a "young stroke survivor." Before his stroke, however, his family and friends knew him as a full time student, part-time UPS supervisor and a dedicated body-builder. In 1989, Robert found himself having emergency surgery to repair damage to his h

  • Top 3 Tips for Only-Child Caregivers

    Mar 21 2013

    Most people assume that it must be more difficult being a caregiver as an only-child. No brothers or sisters to help with a stroke-surviving parent; no siblings to share ideas, solutions and struggles; fewer helping hands when it comes to finances or emotional support. No necessarily so, says

  • Study: Stroke Reduces Life Expectancy in Young Survivors

    Mar 20 2013

    Adults who survive a stroke at a younger age have an alarmingly shortened life expectancy rate compared to the general population. A new study suggests that people who experience a stroke before they reach the age of 50 are more likely to pass away 20 years sooner than non-stroke adults. Rese

  • Nothing to LOL About: Signs of Stroke in Texts?

    Mar 19 2013

    Incoherent and bumbling speech is just one of the warning signs that someone may be having a stroke. But new research suggests rambling and unreadable text messages may also indicate the early symptoms of a stroke. Researchers are calling the phenomenon "dystextia" -- a term for inc

  • Faces of Stroke: New Beginning, New Perspective

    Mar 16 2013

    Carlos Serbia's issues started too early at the age of 14 when he was diagnosed with Becker's Muscular Dystrophy. The neurological disorder affects his legs, arms, back, pelvic area, hips and, unfortunately, his heart. When emergency surgery was needed to replace a faulty component in

  • Brain Food: StrokeSmart Puzzle Answers

    Mar 15 2013

    StrokeSmart Word Scramble   StrokeSmart Sudoku   StrokeSmart CryptoQuote "Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck." -The Dalai Lama

  • Caregivers: What Can I Do to Help?

    Mar 14 2013

    Learning that a loved one has had a stroke is the start of a journey that you may not have expected to take. Understanding what is happening and the medical terms that doctors are using can be overwhelming and confusing and rehabilitation can be a long process. And, say those at Lotsa Helping

  • Health Facilities Earn Stroke Recognition

    Mar 14 2013

    Two US health facilities received special stroke recognition this week, ensuring more people in certain parts of the country will have access to premiere treatment if they are having a stroke. First, Genesis Healthcare System in Zanesville, Ohio is the latest hospital to receive a "Prima

  • New Stroke Device Presentation Canceled

    Mar 12 2013

    Experts planning a presentation of a new device aimed at preventing strokes in high-risk patients unexpectedly canceled the discussion late last week. The public reversal is the latest bit of controversy surrounding the mechanism's research and future. Known as the Watchman, the device is

  • Pennies for Stroke

    Mar 11 2013

    National Stroke Association is launching a new campaign throughout the month of March that will help raise funds for the organization and awareness about stroke. Called Stroke Cents, the program is a penny campaign that will see one cent of every dollar spent on certain products at LuckyVitam

  • Faces of Stroke: From Stroke to Champion

    Mar 08 2013

    While working onboard an international cruise ship, professional figure skater Alexandra Murphy experienced a major stroke. On November 6th, 2012, immediately following the Navigator of the Seas ice show, her hand began to go numb. Figuring it had something to do with just performing the show, sh

  • Top Tax Tips for Caregivers

    Mar 06 2013

    April 15 is quickly approaching and many Americans know that their taxes are almost due. However, caregiving for a stroke survivor is often a full-time job that makes filing your taxes early a difficult task. Did you know that if you are a caregiver you may qualify for some additional tax ben

  • Hablas Espanol? Health Agencies Go Spanish

    Mar 05 2013

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are in the middle of a campaign to raise awareness about stroke. Now the health agencies have started printing their communications in Spanish for the millions of Spanish-speaking Americans across the

  • Study: Discovery Could Lead to New Stroke Treatments

    Mar 04 2013

    Scientists have long known that oxidation damages cells and results in degeneration, inflammation and aging. Although we need oxygen to live, high concentrations can be extremely destructive (think: rusting metal on a car). Researchers say this process, known as oxidative stress, attacks cell

  • March is National Nutrition Month

    Mar 04 2013

    Healthy eating includes making informed food choices and developing sound eating habits. Results of healthy eating include feeling great, having more energy and staying healthy. Healthy eating can also result in weight loss and lowering high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Embracing heal

  • Your Stories: One Man's Miracle Month

    Mar 01 2013

    Professional journalist and long-time TV-man Jerry Huffman makes a living by telling other people's stories. But as February came and went, this media production veteran had good reason to pen his own tale of triumph and survival. Last month, Huffman celebrated his second anniversary afte

  • Caregiving Scholarship Now Accepting Applications

    Feb 28 2013

    The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) is accepting applications for the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Caregiving Scholarship through May 1, 2013. The $2,500 scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to family, professional, or paraprofessional caregivers of any age who are seeki

  • Study: Ancient Martial Art May Help Stroke Survivors

    Feb 27 2013

    New research suggests the ancient Chinese martial art of tai chi may help reduce the likelihood of elderly stroke survivors falling down. According to a new study from the University of Arizona College of Nursing in Tucson, a group of researchers found the slow-moving motions and controlled b

  • Fmr. Congressman Wilson Saddled by Stroke

    Feb 26 2013

    UPDATE -- Former U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson is recovering after experiencing a stroke in Florida last week. Reports say he is expected to make a full recovery. Family members have sent statements to several media outlets saying Wilson is "resting comfortably." Original story continues

  • Study: Mediterranean Diet with Nuts Reduces Stroke Risk

    Feb 25 2013

    New research suggests a Mediterranean diet supplemented with nuts–specifically walnuts–"significantly" reduces the risk of stroke and cardiovascular diseases. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, findings from the Spanish Predimed (Prevencion von Dieta Medit

  • Faces of Stroke: Don't Miss the Signs

    Feb 22 2013

    Stroke survivors often rely heavily on a team of talented experts to assist with their recovery. Sometimes we forget that our healthcare professionals are just as susceptible to the damages of a stroke as everyone else. Meet Denice DeAntonio, a 20-year healthcare veteran who, like most others

  • Study: Antioxidant-Rich Diet May Not Help Stroke

    Feb 21 2013

    It's long been believed that maintaining a healthy diet of antioxidant-rich foods would help the body defend against brain disease such as stroke. However, a new study suggests that those long-held beliefs might not hold as much weight as once thought. According to results from a 14-year

  • Caregifted: Free Vacations for Caregivers

    Feb 20 2013

    There's something special happening at Caregifted, an inspiring organization dedicated to giving long-term caregivers some much needed recognition and respite. In 2009, poet Heather McHugh was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" worth $500,000. The no-str

  • Stroke Hits Sports Nation

    Feb 19 2013

    Two stories from the world of sports are making their way across the stroke community this week. First comes news that former Heisman Trophy winner and LSU great Billy Cannon was hospitalized Tuesday after suffering from what appears to be a stroke. According to reports, the 75-year-old footb

  • Research Ignites Stroke Therapy Debate

    Feb 18 2013

    New research is raising questions about a common method of stroke therapy where blood clots are removed from a patient's brain to restore critical blood flow. At the recent International Stroke Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, scientists presented new findings that indicate the devices use

  • Faces of Stroke: On a Mission

    Feb 15 2013

    Janeide A. Chillis, the founder and CEO of her own event planning company, was busy "living her vision" and "enjoying a lifestyle of exhilarating challenges" when she had a stroke. Now, six years later, she's gone on to earn an Associates Degree in Business Management,

  • Caregiving: Where to Begin?

    Feb 14 2013

    National Stroke Association is committed to relieving caregiver burden by providing applicable education and resources. One of the organization's tools for caregivers is the Careliving Guide, designed to assist caregivers as they move through previously uncharted waters. Each month, National

  • Bipartisan Exploding Fist Bump

    Feb 13 2013

    Just before President Obama took the stage Tuesday night to deliver his State of the Union address, he stopped for a moment to address Republican Sen. Mark Kirk (IL). What ensued not only caught the attention of the entire stroke community, but ignited an inspiring internet sensation as well.

  • Study: Drinking Water May Cure Stroke

    Feb 12 2013

    It's common knowledge that in order for our bodies to function properly, we must replenish its water supply by drinking an adequate amount of water. Exactly how much depends on who you ask, but the Mayo Clinic says generally speaking men should consume about three liters (or 13 cups), while w

  • Southern Diet Increases Risk of Stroke

    Feb 11 2013

    Fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits and sweet tea may sound good to those who love Southern food, but those who love their health may want to find an alternative. That's because new research suggests foods commonly eaten in the South–such as fatty fried meats and high sugar drinks and de

  • Faces of Stroke: Inspiration on the Homefront

    Feb 07 2013

    Heather Choinski is no stranger to major health-related problems in her family: A diabetic and visually-impaired father and grandparents with a combination of Alzheimer's, cancer and lethal pneumonia. But it wasn't until her mother's major stroke in October of 2009 that this music stu

  • Which Household Products Help You?

    Feb 06 2013

    On National Stroke Association's official Facebook page, we asked our readers to tell us about the common household products that help stroke survivors and caregivers the most throughout their recovery. Here's some the responses we received:   • Pizza cutter for sandw

  • ISC 2013: International Stroke Conference Gets Underway

    Feb 05 2013

    StrokeSmart and National Stroke Association are joining thousands of stroke professionals from around the globe this week in Honolulu, Hawaii for the 2013 International Stroke Conference. The annual ISC show is the world's largest meeting dedicated to the science and treatment of stroke and o

  • Baranski: Welcome to StrokeSmart.org!

    Feb 04 2013

    National Stroke Association CEO Jim Baranski took a couple minutes out of his schedule to welcome users to the new StrokeSmart website! All of us at StrokeSmart are pretty excited these days. Why? Not only is our new StrokeSmart magazine making its way across the country, but we've been w

  • Four Ways to Improve Memory

    Jan 29 2013

    Ever meet someone only to forget their name just moments later? Sadly it happens to many of us. Throw in the residual effects of a stroke and you've got quite a memorable mess. However, there's good news from the world of science that says with a little training, we can boost our brain

  • Study: Stem Cells Aid Recovery from Stroke

    Jan 29 2013

    A new study says lab rats treated with stem cells from bone marrow or fat showed an improvement in brain function after a stroke. According to research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Stem Cell Research & Therapy, animals living with stroke showed improved brain and nerv

  • Snoring Major Risk for Stroke?

    Jan 28 2013

    Think snoring is merely a nuisance? Think again, says new research from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. In fact, scientists now believe snoring may be a bigger risk factor for stroke (and other cardiovascular problems) than smoking, obesity or high cholesterol. According to the study, snoring

  • Welcome to StrokeSmart

    Jan 28 2013

    Greetings stroke survivors, caregivers and healthcare professionals, and welcome to the new and improved strokesmart.org website. What you've just found is arguably the best online resource for the entire stroke community and we're thrilled to have you on board. As you may or may not

  • Faces of Stroke: The Mighty Ted

    Jan 27 2013

    Shortly after Ted Waltmire survived his stroke in April of 2009 he wrote and starred in a musical about his journey called "The Mighty Ted." The play explores his unexpected journey from stroke to stage through the emergency room, hospitals, therapy, retirement, the joys of dealing with

  • The Art of Caregiving Zen

    Jan 27 2013

    When the stroke survivor you are caring for gets combative and abusive it's common to feel resentment and anger. However, a new approach to the caregiver's struggle is helping people use Eastern philosophy to better deal with the frustrations of being a care provider. Developed at the

  • iHOPE Webinar: Atrial Fibrillation

    Jan 26 2013

    iHOPE is a series of webinars and Ask the Experts Q&A sessions led by topic experts on stroke recovery issues. The program is designed for an individual experience—learn at your own pace and gain specific knowledge for personal needs. Event Information: iHOPE: Atrial Fibrillation As

  • Top Tips to Reduce Risk of Stroke

    Jan 26 2013

    Although having a stroke can happen to anyone at anytime, certain risk factors actually increase the chances of it happening to you. However, studies show that up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented by taking a few common-sense precautions. While some stroke risk factors are beyond our

  • Can Smoking Marijuana Cause a Stroke?

    Jan 25 2013

    Does marijuana usage increase someone's risk for having a stroke? Possibly, say international researchers studying a possible link between younger stroke patients and smoking pot. According to Dr. Valerie Wolff, marijuana-related stroke is not a myth, and healthcare professionals should c

  • Gear & Gadgets

    Jan 25 2013

    Video game console Video games for stroke survivors? Maybe so, suggests new data from down-under. According to researchers at Neuroscience Research Australia (NRA), therapy utilizing the Nintendo Wii-a video game console powered by motion-control devices-may aide stroke survivors once believe

  • On the Web

    Jan 14 2013

    Editor's Note: Some of the links below may no longer be active.   Diabetes Drug Increases Heart Failure   Pioglitazone, a drug used for Type 2 Diabetes, has been reported to heighten heart failure risk.  A report published in the September issue of Journal of th

  • Stroke Headlines

    Jan 14 2013

    Twice As Many Kids May Be Having Strokes   Pediatric Strokes are not as rare as we once thought. Now, researchers say new technology and better research shows the number of kids having strokes have more than doubled. In response to this trend, the University of California at San Fran

  • On the Web

    Jan 14 2013

    Editor's Note: Some of the links below may no longer be active.   Scots More Concerned About Lost Bank Cards Than Stroke The Scotland Stroke Association found that 32% of people (out of 2,000 surveyed) would act immediately if they lost a bank card but would wait more than 24 h

  • Stroke Headlines

    Jan 14 2013

    STROKE MAY INCREASES RISK OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE Researchers have discovered a link between stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. It seems that when the brain cells start to die from a stroke or head injury, the patient’s brain starts to look like that of an Alzheimer’s patien

  • On the Web

    Jan 14 2013

    Editor's Note: Some of the links below may no longer be active.   Common Genetic Defect Increases Stroke Risk A new study shows that people with a common genetic mutation may have more than double the risk of stroke. This particular gene, called hemochromatosis (HHC), causes an

  • Stroke Headlines

    Jan 14 2013

    Diabetes Drug May Prevent Secondary Stroke The University of Texas Medical School at Houston has concluded that a diabetes medication might reduce recurrent strokes.  When the diabetes drug was given to the mice up to 24 hours after a stroke, the drug appeared to have a great effect.&nbs

  • On the Web

    Jan 14 2013

    Editor's Note: Some of the links below may no longer be active.   Air Pollution and Stroke Risk Over the past few years, studies have shown that air pollution may have an effect on stroke risk.  Now a new study may help us understand why. The Finnish study found that in wa

  • Stroke Headlines

    Jan 14 2013

    Viagra and Stroke Currently, researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit are studying whether or not the little blue pill can help those who have had a moderate ischemic stroke.  A couple dozen studies are underway, testing Viagra’s effect on a range of problems ranging from high

  • On the Web

    Jan 14 2013

    Editor's Note: Some of the links below may no longer be active.   Meth Use May Lead to Stroke The use of the drug Methamphetamine, also known as “Meth,” is more than just a social concern. A recent study showed that Meth use can cause tears in the neck arteries, whi

  • Stroke Headlines

    Jan 14 2013

    CAREGIVERS Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) is offering a Fact Sheet for caregivers at www.caregiver.org Economists have estimated the value of “free” services offered by caregivers in the last four years at $306 billion.   Blood Thinning Drug Increases Brain

  • On the Web

    Jan 14 2013

    Editor's Note: Some of the links below may no longer be active.   Red Wine May Help Reduce Stroke Damage to Brain A couple of glasses of red wine a day may not only guard you against cancer and heart disease, but may also help protect the brain from damage after a stroke, accor

  • Stroke Headlines

    Jan 14 2013

    Occupational Therapy Creates Independence A new study suggests that stroke survivors who participate in occupational therapy have a greater chance of regaining independence. The aim of this therapy is to help survivors learn everyday skills such as bathing, eating and dressing. Research

  • Stroke Headlines

    Jan 14 2013

    Experts New Therapy May Help Stroke Survivors with Vision Loss A new computer-based therapy may help stroke survivors with partial vision loss improve  their sight. Neuro-Eye Therapy was developed by scientists at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. It uses a medical device to sti

  • 2008 Year in Review

    Jan 14 2013

    Every year, exciting new discoveries are made about how brain function can be recovered and neural pathways rewired after a stroke. Scientists now know that people can continue to benefit from new therapies, even years after their strokes. Some research leads to new treatments. Other research doe

  • Stroke Headlines

    Jan 14 2013

    Researchers Seek Answers about Childhood Stroke Experts from Bristol University in England say that strokes in children may be as common as cancers. They believe that in the United Kingdom one to five children per day may have a stroke. Sadly, symptoms are often missed and treatment is often

  • On the Web

    Jan 14 2013

    Editor's Note: Some of the links below may no longer be active. Walking Speed: A Predictor of Stroke Risk? Researchers believe that walking speed may be used to predict risk for stroke among older women. Of the 13,000 postmenopausal women in a recent study, those with the slowest walking

  • Stroke Headlines

    Jan 14 2013

    Shop Around for Prescription Drugs   Consumer Reports found that prices for prescription drugs fluctuate dramatically from one pharmacy to another. Prices can vary by more than $100 depending on the town and even neighborhood where the drugs are purchased. To get the best deal, be su

  • On the Web

    Jan 14 2013

    Editor's Note: Some of the links below may no longer be active.   Emotional Health and Stroke A study from the United Kingdom has found that those who score low on a test to measure well-being are at a higher risk for stroke. The test is measured on the Warwick-Edinburgh Ment

  • Stroke Headlines

    Jan 14 2013

    Music Helps Survivors with Thinking Skills   Music may help stroke survivors regain memory, attention and problem-solving skills, according to a new study. Finnish researchers found that survivors who listened to music daily for three months improved verbal memory by 60 percent, more

  • On the Web

    Jan 14 2013

    Editor's Note: Some of the links below may no longer be active.   Restless Leg Syndrome Increases Stroke Risk   Harvard Medical School has released a study that links restless leg syndrome (RLS) with a significant increase in risk for stroke and heart disease. Resear

  • Make a Difference: National Stroke Awareness Month

    Jan 14 2013

    May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and every year at this time a lot of people ask me how they can get involved. Here are some of the most common questions and answers. What can I do to raise stroke awareness during this time? Start with your family and friends. Make sure they know t

  • Stroke Headlines

    Jan 14 2013

    Nerve Transplant Surgery Could Reverse Paralysis in Survivors   In New Jersey, a man is recovering from a surgery that may give him use of his right side again. After suffering a stroke, Vinni Filipini, 44, was paralyzed on one side of his body. Filipini underwent an innovative surge

  • On the Web

    Jan 14 2013

    Editor's Note: Some of the links below may no longer be active.   Stroke Risk Higher in Women Who Have Panic Attacks   A recent study has linked panic attacks to increased stroke risk.  Panic attacks, which can feel like a heart attack, can signal future heart t

  • Stroke Headlines

    Jan 14 2013

    ‘Silent Strokes’ Common Among the Elderly   "Silent strokes” and other unrecognized brain abnormalities including benign brain tumors and aneurysms are common among older people, new research shows.  The Netherland study is based on MRI, or magnetic

  • National Stroke Association Initiating Advocacy Program

    Jan 14 2013

    Has your health insurance stopped paying for the rehabilitation care you need? Are you with­out health insurance and unable to get access to the medical treatment you deserve? Do you know what kind of recovery support you need, but have no idea where to go or whom to talk to? If your answ

  • May Is Time to Give Stroke Survivors Hope

    Jan 14 2013

    May is National Stroke Awareness Month, a time to educate the public about stroke and honor the estimated six million stroke survivor in the United States. This year, National Stroke Association is promot­ing the importance of spreading awareness about how stroke recovery can include an e

  • Stroke Headlines

    Jan 14 2013

    The Coffee Effect in Women A new study published by the American Heart Association shows coffee might reduce the risk of stroke in women. The 24-year study analyzed 83,000 women who had no history of stroke. Women who drank four cups of coffee a day had a 20 percent reduced risk of stroke com

  • Spread the Word: National Stroke Awareness Month

    Jan 13 2013

    National Stroke Association encourages everyone to participate this May by donating, holding awareness events or distributing stroke educational materials to important people in your life. This year, you can focus your efforts by learning more about one or all three of these important awareness a

  • Stroke Headlines

    Jan 13 2013

    Socializing Might Protect Against Stroke Social support might protect against strokes by lowering the amount of swelling in the brain. Researchers at Ohio state University found that male mice living with a female partner before and after a stroke had a much higher survival rate compared t

  • Helpful Programs from National Stroke Association

    Jan 13 2013

    Lupe had no idea that on a sunny July afternoon her life would be changed forever. After a drive down the Pacific Coast Highway, Lupe and her husband Glenn met friends at their favorite Malibu restaurant to discuss an upcoming vacation. During the discussion, Lupe’s face contorted. Suddenly

  • Stroke Headlines

    Jan 13 2013

    Can Vitamin D Prevent Stroke? Recent findings in a German study suggest that taking vitamin D supplements could prevent stroke. The research at the Synlab Center of Laboratory Diagnostics in Heidelberg, Germany, also found that people with low vitamin D levels have an increased risk of dyi

  • New Ways to Get Involved!

    Jan 13 2013

    National Stroke Association is excited to announce the launch of new Web tools at stroke.org. Users can now create personal fundraising Web pages and plan and execute events. Learn about ways to get involved with the organization, whether it is by signing up for regular emails, becoming an advoca

  • National Stroke Awareness Month

    Jan 13 2013

    Every May during National Stroke Awareness Month, National Stroke Association takes extra steps to educate people about how to prevent stroke and to inspire survivors and caregivers to have hope through stroke recovery. In May 2009, we reached more than 200,000 people with important information a

  • iHOPE: New Survivor/Caregiver Program in February

    Jan 13 2013

    National Stroke Association is excited to announce that our annual stroke survivor and caregiver-focused HOPE After Stroke program will roll out in 2010 as a free online education program called iHope. Previously, this program was delivered through small, in-person meetings in cities across the c

  • NYC Marathoners: Footfalls for a Good Cause

    Jan 13 2013

    Most people would agree that 26.2 miles is a long way, especially on foot. In July 2009, the National Stroke Association assembled a running team to participate in the New York City Marathon, a prestigious event drawing more than 40,000 participants and more than 1 million spectators each yea

  • New Recovery Webinars

    Jan 13 2013

    Don’t miss National Stroke Association’s latest recovery-focused webinars. All webinars are designed to be easily accessible, free and convenient to anyone interested in specific recovery issues.   iHOPE Webinar Topics Aphasia Atrial Fibrillation Fatigue &

  • Washington D.C. Hears from Stroke Advocates

    Jan 13 2013

    The Stroke Advocacy Network was created to give stroke survivors, caregivers, healthcare professionals and others touched by stroke, a voice in Washington, D.C. Since its recent launch, more than 1,000 people have joined the Stroke Advocacy Network. Those people together have sent hundreds of mes

  • Advocacy Toolkit Goes Online

    Jan 13 2013

    National Stroke Association takes pro-health advocacy to the next level with the recent launch of the Advocacy Toolkit, part of the Stroke Advocacy Network—a grassroots legislative advocacy program started in 2010. The Advocacy Toolkit is a powerful new resource loaded

  • May Is National Stroke Awareness Month

    Jan 13 2013

    Stroke Awareness Resource Center Launches Visit National Stroke Association’s new online Stroke Awareness Resource Center (stroke.org/awareness) for all you need to get educated about stroke. Find event-hosting tools—including an event calendar, resources for presenting stroke inf

  • First-of-Its-Kind Network Supports Stroke Policy Agenda

    Jan 13 2013

    My life is consumed with two passions—number one, raising my three children and number two, doing anything and everything I can to help others who have survived a stroke,”  says Lenice Hogan, a member of National Stroke Association’s steering committee

  • Get Involved!

    Jan 13 2013

    Register today for National Stroke Association’s first annual Virtual Health Fair on Jan. 19, 2011. This event will be recorded and available online until April 2011. Registration is free, but space is limited.  Visit stroke.org/virtualhealthfair to register. The event is open to a

  • Get Involved!

    Dec 06 2012

    Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. But people are more likely to know their favorite celebrity’s marital status than the signs and symptoms of stroke. Join with us this May during National Stroke Awareness Month and