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Paying It Forward

Stroke Connection offered me the opportunity to participate in the Guided Autobiography program. Now I am paying it forward by facilitating a writing group.

Keep a Good Spirit!

Her husband had a devastating stroke and, later, her 9-year-old daughter also had one due to a PFO (a hole in the heart), Eva has an important message for all stroke survivors and their families.

After Stroke, Attitude Is Everything!

“A stroke or TIA presents many lessons, which I chose to ignore the first time, but not the second.” Survivor Vernell Bradshaw shares his story and the secrets to his successful stroke survival.

A Mile in Her Own Shoes

I finished my first official mile in more than seven years. Seven years might be a long time without running a mile, but time didn’t matter to me. I was just happy to meet my goal. At 16, I had a hemorrhagic stroke from an AVM (arteriovenous malformation), leaving my left side weak.

How I Learned to Love Facebook

On November 21, 2013, when my husband Ronnie, a stroke survivor since 1997, went missing, my love/hate relationship with Facebook took a sharp turn toward love.

This is MY Ballgame

"One stroke, two strokes, three strokes; I refuse to go out." A survivor's poem.

“Until Death Do Us Part...”

In 1994, I had a major stroke. At that time, my wife Peggy and I had been married for 23 years. My life changed, but Peggy’s life and the lives of our three children changed dramatically.

Holy Limps & Holy Scars

Like the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, I got a new heart, one filled with compassion for those facing similar struggles.

Determined to Make a New Normal

I’ve learned that every person’s journey is different. When I realized that my recovery was not going to happen overnight, I cried myself to sleep for a month. After that, I was determined to make a "new normal."

Because of My Stroke

It was inconceivable during those first weeks, when I was critically ill, that good would come from having a stroke. However, I found out later having a stroke provided new experiences and opportunities. One day, this became very clear to me.

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.

But You Look So Normal

By now I am used to the odd looks people give me when I say that I’ve had a stroke.

Confessions of the Lucky One

I survived a stroke in 1994 at age 51. The physical aspects of recuperating from that stroke were no easy task, but the mental deficits continue to be more difficult.

Moving From the Minors to the Majors

Sometimes you strike out more times than you hit a home run. Life is about handling the strikeouts — adjusting your strategy after each pitch, adjusting your swing after a strike and being ready for the next pitch.

A Song for My Father

A beautiful tribute from a son to his stroke survivor dad.
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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.

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.