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Expect the Unexpected

At age 9, I had a hemorrhagic stroke, a bleeding into brain tissue, and the result of a brain tumor. The tumor was growing into nerves surrounding the brain stem. A blood vessel had ruptured, and the time frame between onset of stroke and onset of treatment was closing fast.

Spring Break 2017: The Cerebellar Hemorrhage Edition

Awakened by what I believed to be a sinus headache, I wanted to go to the bathroom for some sinus meds and an Aleve®. Sitting on the edge of the bed, feet on the floor, I proceeded to stand up. Then…BOOM! I collapsed like a puppet whose strings had been cut.

A Letter to My Daughter

Stroke never only impacts the survivor, it touches all who care for them. Survivor Delanie Stephenson pens a touching letter of apology to her daughter, Katie, for all the ways Mom’s stroke changed their lives.

Why I Paint

Survivor Denice DeAntonio didn’t think she was artistic and thought her stroke had left her too visually impaired to paint. Now she finds herself enjoying trips to the store for art supplies and gathering friends for painting parties.

No Joke, A Stroke

On October 26, 2014, my life changed in a way I truly never thought it would. I knew it COULD, but like many other carefree 44-year-olds, I thought I was immortal. I knew that I had health risks that made me susceptible to stroke; I also knew that I didn’t take care of myself the way I should.

The Truth About Caregiving

I have been a caregiver most of my adult life, both professionally and personally. Not only am I the mother of two adult children, I worked in health care as a nurse for over 20 years. On December 6, 2008, I had a massive hemorrhagic stroke. After that fateful day, I was no longer the caregiver.

Accepting Who I Am

After a massive stroke due to four ruptured aneurysms, Beth has never given up and never will.

One-Handed Heimlich

Recently, survivor David Layton and his wife Charlotte found an alternate meaning for the phrase “single handed living.”

A Special Thank You

A tribute from survivors to any medical personnel who have ever worked with a stroke patient.

Helpfulness & Kindness on a Steep Path

Sometimes we find ourselves in sticky situations. A stranger’s kindness can make a big difference. It did for Richard Lambert, “I told the man that I thought God might have sent him to help me. He was wondering about that, too.”

Learning to Be a New Person

She was a wife, had a job, one child in daycare, another in kindergarten. All this came to a screeching halt when she had a massive brainstem stroke that left her unable to talk, walk and swallow.

We See You Staring

Caregiver Heather Bustamante’s poem expresses how it can feel when strangers stare at her and her husband and how they choose to react.

Days With My Dad

Serious events like a daughter’s stroke and father’s heart attack aren’t typically considered blessings, but for Denice DeAntonio, a beautiful blessing emerged from those two frightening experiences.

The Bonus Years

In Feb 2003, Virginia had a stroke. She woke up in May. She had had a hemorrhagic stroke caused by an AVM. She still remembers the first two things her husband said to her.

Revisiting PT After 15 Years

Stroke survivor Connie Stagnaro headed back to physical therapy 15 years after her stroke after surgery to correct a stroke-related condition. But this time was different than the first.
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Can statins help prevent brain aneurysms from rupturing?

People who learn they have an unruptured brain aneurysm typically have two options: surgery or watch and wait. Researchers hope to add a third alternative – drugs to lower the odds of the aneurysm rupturing.

Low-income families hit hard by heart disease costs, even with insurance

Out-of-pocket costs for chronic heart disease and stroke cause significant financial strain for one in four low-income families, according to research.

Infections could trigger stroke in pregnant women during hospital delivery

Pregnant women who have an infection when they enter the hospital for delivery might be at higher risk of having a stroke during their stay, according to new research.

Blood pressure readings often higher outside doctor’s office

Blood pressure readings taken outside of the doctor’s office often read higher than those in the office, a new study says.

Bi-partisan budget deal a win for heart and stroke patients

The two-year budget deal, approved by the House and the Senate in February, included provisions that expand access for telestroke and cardiac rehabilitation services, remove restrictions on Medicare therapy caps and help improve the health of patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD).

More stroke patients eligible for crucial treatments under new guidelines

More stroke patients will be eligible for two critical treatments proven to reduce disability, according to new guidelines from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

MIND diet slows cognitive decline in stroke survivors

A diet that zeros in on foods that promote brain health, including vegetables, berries, fish and olive oil, helps to substantially slow cognitive decline in stroke survivors, according to preliminary research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2018.

Working before and after stroke is good for brain health

Adult stroke patients who are employed prior to and after suffering strokes are more likely than unemployed adults to have healthier minds two years post stroke, according to preliminary research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2018.

Stroke deaths on the rise for Americans

Since at least the 1960s, the rate of Americans who die from stroke has been on the Marline. But that progress has slowed, and in some cases reversed, according to a new federal report.

Stopping daily aspirin increases heart attack, stroke risk

For heart attack survivors and people at high risk for one, a low-dose aspirin is part of the daily routine to prevent a heart attack or stroke. But for those who don’t stick to that routine, the rate of heart attacks, strokes or deaths from one of those causes goes up 37 percent, a new study shows.

Quitting cholesterol drugs may raise risk of another stroke

Patients who stop taking cholesterol-lowering drugs three to six months after their first stroke face a higher risk of another stroke, and an increased risk of hospitalization and death, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

The best way to keep blood pressure under control?

Maintaining a healthy weight could be the key to keeping your blood pressure in check. New research indicates a healthy weight throughout your life can be more effective in controlling blood pressure over the long term than exercise, diet, not smoking and reducing alcohol consumption.
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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!