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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.

Gratitude Schmatitude

Survivor, Quenby Schuyler, had never been a particularly grateful type of person. After her stroke, her take on gratitude changed.

Sharing My WOW

Life-altering events force us to look back on our lives. That was especially true for me during the first four months after my hemorrhagic stroke in 2013 at age 44.

Finding Myself

In a period of 24 hours, I went from being an executive vice president of a national not-for-profit fundraising company to an unemployed housewife. The friends I had prior to the stroke forgot why we became friends. As a survivor, the world looked different to me.

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.
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Eating fish twice a week reduces heart, stroke risk

Oily fish may not sound appetizing, but research on the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids from seafood reaffirms the health value of eating fish — particularly the oily kind — a couple times a week, according to an advisory from the American Heart Association.

New layers in research, treatment of sickle cell trait and stroke

Sickle cell disease increases the risk of stroke for African-Americans — but recent research shows carrying the genetic trait for sickle cell doesn’t.

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.
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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.

Helping Others Understand

Stroke affects people differently and many of the effects of stroke can be complicated. Helping friends and family understand how a stroke is affecting a survivor can help everyone involved.

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!