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Short episodes of abnormal heart rhythm may not increase risk of stroke

Short episodes of abnormal heart rhythm may not increase risk of stroke

Lowest stroke rates in older Baby Boomers; younger people rising

Lowest stroke rates in older Baby Boomers; younger people rising

Hand-in-Glove Rehab

New electrical stimulation therapy may improve hand function after stroke

Cumulative Effect

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

High Blood Pressure is a Clue

Knowing the path of a person’s blood pressure from middle age onward may help doctors better assess the health risks posed by high blood pressure and could lead to earlier interventions to prevent stroke and other diseases linked to high blood pressure

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.
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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.

Kitchen Mobility, Kitchen Stability

Recently, I was asked a question about a subject I hadn’t paid much attention to in a while: balance, the kind of balance it takes to move around a kitchen and reach for things safely. Stroke definitely can affect your sense of balance. It did mine in the early post-stroke years, and I did have to take special care in the kitchen. Here are some suggestions about cooking and balance.

Strokes, Strikes & Spares

A few years after his stroke, David Layton rediscovered bowling. He’s setting and achieving new goals for himself and having a great time doing it. Check out his video with tips for one-handed bowling.

Fishing with One Paw

Kim Mullens is an exuberant spirit — you can hear it in her voice, punctuated with laughter and memorable phrases: "There are good days and bad days — sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug." In 1995 when she was 38, a tear in her carotid artery left her "with one paw," that kept her from working because she couldn’t climb into the cab of the CAT 966 earth-moving equipment she operated.