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Hand-in-Glove Rehab

New electrical stimulation therapy may improve hand function after stroke

High Blood Pressure is a Clue

New electrical stimulation therapy may improve hand function after stroke

Cumulative Effect

Pre-stroke risk factors influence long-term future stroke, dementia risk

Inherited High Cholesterol Increases Risk

Patients who experience high cholesterol due to an inherited genetic disorder from one of their parents—heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia — are much more likely than those with average cholesterol levels to have diseases caused by hardening of the arteries, including an accelerated onset of coronary heart disease by up to 30 years.

Blueprint for Post-Stroke Care

New guidelines tell us that to rehabilitate a stroke patient, it takes a village — one that extends far beyond patient and physician, family and friends.

Untreated HBP significantly increases risk of bleeding stroke

Left untreated, high blood pressure (HBP) may significantly increase your risk of developing a brain bleed, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

Better patient outcome linked to Get With The Guidelines-Stroke

Stroke patients at hospitals participating in a nationwide quality-improvement program were more likely to be discharged home and less likely to die after discharge than patients in non-participating hospitals, according to research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

New online directory collects reviews of stroke rehab

A new, non-biased website dedicated to assisting patients, families and health professionals with identifying appropriate neuro-rehab solutions and resources has recently launched.

First Robotic Exoskeleton Cleared For Use With Stroke

Ekso Bionics Inc., a robotic exoskeleton company, recently announced that it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its Ekso GT robotic exoskeleton for use in the treatment of individuals with hemiplegia due to stroke.

Making Telestroke the Norm

Skype-like technology can make a world of difference for suburban and urban people having a stroke – but there’s more to be done to make it truly accessible for most people.

African-Americans with depression more likely to have strokes, heart attacks

African-Americans with major depressive symptoms — perceived stress, neuroticism, life dissatisfaction — had almost twice the increased risk of stroke and coronary heart disease, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation: Quality and Outcomes.

Speaking multiple languages linked to better cognitive functions after stroke

Speaking multiple languages linked to better cognitive functions after stroke

Adults born with heart defects have a substantially higher risk of stroke

Adults with congenital heart defects havesubstantially higher rates of stroke compared to the general population, according to research published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

Spouses of stroke survivors face lingering health issues

Caregiver spouses of stroke survivors are at an increased risk of mental and physical health issues that may continue for years, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Uric acid may lessen women’s disability after stroke

Uric acid — a chemical that at high levels can lead to serious illness — may lessen women’s disability after stroke, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.
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No Fight, No Flight . . . Just Write!

Many people lose their emotional balance when overwhelmed with fear, pain, sorrow, anger, even joy! Writing can be a way of straightening out emotional knots, a way of achieving balance in our lives so that a sense of well-being emerges.

Half a World Away: Visual Field Cuts

Strokes can often affect vision and processing of visual information. The most common visual deficit is hemianopia, or visual field cut. Understand different types of field cuts and learn about potential treatments.

Get Healthier One Cup at a Time

Three out of four Americans do not eat enough healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and healthy oils. An extra cup of fruits and vegetables a day can help people get the two cups of fruit and two-and-a-half cups of veggies we need every day.

Visual Field Cuts Infographic

This infographic depicts what survivors with some common field cuts may be missing in their visual field. Free downloadable PDF available.

Caring for a Survivor with Aphasia

Mary and Reed Harris have been partners in Reed’s stroke recovery for nearly ten years. Personal relationships rely on communication so Reed’s global aphasia was met with more than a few challenges. They share their story, tips and advice to others for living with the effects of aphasia day-to-day.

Tips for Communicating: Different Types of Aphasia After Stroke

Speech language pathologist Beth Crawford offers practical tips for families living with different forms of post-stroke aphasia.

Mindfulness Meditation for Caregivers

Here’s a very simple suggestion for how to take a break – try meditation. A number of small studies have found meditation to have a beneficial effect on depression, insomnia, stress and caregiver burden.

Have a Therapeutic Summer!

For stroke survivors, outdoor sports provide opportunities to challenge yourself both physically and mentally due to an unpredictable and changing environment. Meeting new challenges can be empowering to a survivor.

Learning to Swim Again

Of course I knew how to swim, but what could I do now with one arm and one functioning leg?

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapists do not try to improve a person’s ability to sing or play an instrument — that is the job of a music educator. Music therapy is used to improve three areas of functioning with survivors: motor, speech and cognitive.

Cruisin' Together

Getting back to traveling can give families dealing with stroke a fresh perspective by going with others who share similar challenges. While traveling post-stroke can be challenging, going with a group can offer “a safe place to explore new boundaries for both the caregiver and the survivor,” said cruiser Laura Latham.

Reader Alert — Be Aware of Fake Online Pharmacies

Online pharmacies can be an easy and affordable way to stay on track with your prescription medicines. But it’s important to be a savvy consumer because fake online pharmacies are a growing problem.

New online directory collects reviews of stroke rehab

A new, non-biased website dedicated to assisting patients, families and health professionals with identifying appropriate neuro-rehab solutions and resources has recently launched.

Tips for Household Cleaning After Stroke

Housework may pose challenges for individuals who have had a stroke. Often these challenges can be resolved with simple modifications to the task, the tools or the environment.

Modifications for Mobilization

Mobility and independence go hand in hand, so most stroke survivors are interested in returning to driving. There are products designed to help survivors drive, as well as products to help caregivers transport their loved ones and mobility devices.

How New Technology Supports Speech-Language Therapy

Now, more than ever technology is becoming an integral part of speech-language therapy. And because of limitations to insurance coverage for speech therapy, its importance is likely to increase.

Tired of Feeling Guilty?

If you intentionally inflict physical or emotional pain on another person, guilt is an appropriate emotional response. If you have not intentionally injured another person, you may be experiencing feelings of guilt that are not appropriate to the situation.

Getting the Most Therapy Coverage

Getting more therapy is not as simple as asking nicely. You must understand your insurance benefits and discuss them knowledgeably with your insurer.

Preparing for a Backup Caregiver

Thinking ahead and preparing for a backup caregiver can help ease some of the anxiety for you and your loved one and assure that things go smoothly while you are away.

Managing the Cost of Prescription Medicines

Most stroke survivors leave the hospital with several prescriptions. The cost of these can be a significant blow to any budget. Find out about resources that may help.
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Stroke-related news you can use about new scientific findings, public policy, programs and resources.

Readers Room

Articles, poems and art submitted by stroke survivors and their loved ones.

Life Is Why

Everyone has a reason to live a longer, healthier life. These stroke survivors, caregivers and others share their 'whys'. We'd love for you to share yours, too!

Everyday Survival

Practical tips and advice for day-to day living after stroke.

Life At The Curb

A unique perspective on survival by comedian and stroke survivor John Kawie.

Simple Cooking

Cooking at home can be a daunting task, but a rewarding one for your diet and lifestyle (and your wallet). Making small changes in your diet is important to your heart health. Here are simple, healthy and affordable recipes and cooking tips.

Support Showcase

Our new department highlighting the good work being done by stroke support groups from around the nation. If you are part of a successful support group we should consider featuring, let us know!