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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.

Interactive health data plus rewards may help lower BP

Tracking your health data can help lower your blood pressure and earn rewards, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s 2015 High Blood Pressure Conference.

Making the 911 call for stroke differs by race, sex

During a stroke, slightly more than half of patients use emergency medical services (EMS) to get to the hospital, with white women the most likely, and Hispanic men the least likely to use EMS transport, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association.

Little Money, Big Risk

African-Americans at lower socioeconomic levels have increased risk of heart disease, stroke

Retrieving Blood Clots

Clot-removing devices provide better outcomes for stroke survivors

World Stroke Day

Stroke knows no boundaries — every 2 seconds someone in the world has a stroke. Globally someone dies of this leading cause of disability every 5 seconds, ending 6.4 million lives each year. Join us to raise awareness.

Getting Organized for the Kids

Rapid response to children’s stroke symptoms may speed diagnosis

Laws Improve Stroke Treatment

State stroke legislation increases U.S. primary stroke centers

A faster way to diagnose stroke in kids

An emergency room rapid response plan for children can help diagnose stroke symptoms quickly, a new study has found.

Vitamin D May Make A Difference

Low vitamin D predicts more severe strokes, poor health post-stroke Stroke patients with low vitamin D levels were found to be more likely than those with normal vitamin D levels to suffer severe strokes and have poor health months after stroke.

Getting Your Brain Ready

Exercise on a motorized stationary bike appeared to give stroke patients an advantage in relearning everyday tasks and improved motor function of their arms, according to research presented at the International Stroke Conference 2015.

Parents Experience PTSD After Child's Stroke

Parents of children who have had a stroke can experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the children show signs of clinical anxiety.

Having a Purpose

Having a strong sense that your life has meaning and direction may make you less likely to develop areas of brain damage caused by blockages in blood flow as you age.

Stroke Survivors Getting Behind the Wheel

Drivers who have had recent strokes are more likely than drivers who have not had strokes to make errors during complex driving tasks, according to two small Canadian studies presented at the International Stroke Conference 2015.
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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.

Talking Tech

Technology expands communication opportunities for people with aphasia.

Long-Term Care Options

There are various reasons why a family member may be unable to care for a stroke survivor at home. Depending on the survivor's needs, there are several options to investigate.

Taking Control

Understanding and managing post-stroke incontinence

Recreation Can Help With One-Side Neglect

Adapting hobbies and other fun activities to help survivors improve one-side neglect.

Peeling an Orange with One Hand

Don't pass up on a scrumptious orange, peeling it with one hand can be done.

Managing Caregiver Expectations: Recovery

Most people choose the role of family caregiver with little or no knowledge of what they’re getting into. Stroke is a sudden occurrence that requires many decisions to be made very quickly.

Washing Under Your Unaffected Arm

Here was my challenge: when bathing, how to wash under my “good” arm considering I cannot use my affected arm and hand?

Managing Caregiver Expectations: The Medical Team

The third of a three-part series on how to use journaling as a method to help manage expectations across different aspects of your caregiving experience.

It CAN Be Done!

It’s often the very simple two-handed tasks, when approached with one hand, that seem to morph into monstrously frustrating and anything but the simple tasks we used to know. Case in point, opening cans and jars.

Tips from Survivors: Fingernail Grooming & More

Two great tips for caring for your nails with the use of only one hand plus advice for shoes, dental floss and a device that helps when peeling fruits and vegtables.

Helpful Communication Apps After Stroke

Apps and websites that may be helpful for stroke families.