Spring 2019

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In this Issue

When Stroke Affects the Cerebellum

The cerebellum contains 80 percent of our neurons. Its job seems to be to make things better. We talked with neuroscientist Jeremy Schmahmann about how stroke affects the “little brain.”

Preventing Another Stroke: Interventional Approaches

Preventing another stroke is a high priority. Some survivors may need surgical intervention — endarterectomy or angioplasty and stenting — to reduce their risk.

At-home Exercises for Stroke Survivors

Check out these exercises for stroke survivors to help with everything from balance & walking to fine motor skills, complete with video instructions.

When a Stroke Is a Warning Sign

Atrial fibrillation increases the risk for stroke. Sometimes AFib is discovered as a result of that stroke. We talked with two experts about dealing with this life-altering double diagnosis.

My Second Act

Survivor Eric Sanchez used his stroke as motivation to make a contribution: “My life demonstrates that you can come through fear and pain and build a future for yourself.”

Hope, Determination and Hard Work

At 17, Rob had a stroke during surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. Now, at 41, he wants to help others by sharing his story of hope, determination and hard work.

Finding My Why

The changes stroke can bring sometimes leave a survivor feeling like they lack a purpose. Survivor Delanie Stephenson wanted a purpose, and found one.

Be My Baby

Comedian and stroke survivor, John Kawie, imagines himself as an advice columnist who’s a little short on patience.

Warm, wet weather linked to improved outlook for stroke survivors

Rainy days may bring a lot more than spring flowers and relief from summer heat — they also are connected to better survival chances and overall outlook for stroke survivors, according to a new study.

The eyes have it for high blood pressure clues

Detecting high blood pressure early — and treating it with diet, exercise and medication — is crucial, and eye doctors are on the front lines of the battle.
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Stroke Rehabilitation

Making the Best Decisions at Discharge After Stroke

The type of rehabilitation and support systems a survivor receives at discharge can strongly influence health outcomes and recovery. In this, the first part of a two-part series on stroke rehab, we offer guidance for the decision-making process required when it’s time to leave the hospital.

What to Expect from Outpatient Rehab

After stroke, about two-thirds of survivors receive some type of rehabilitation. Outpatient therapy may consist of Several types of therapy. Whether a patient is referred to inpatient or outpatient therapy depends on the level of medical care required.

What to Expect in Stroke Rehab

Following a stroke, about two-thirds of survivors receive some type rehabilitation. In this second of our two-part series, we want to alleviate some of the mystery, fear and anxiety around the inpatient rehab part of the stroke recovery journey.
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Departments

Stroke Notes

Stroke-related news you can use about new scientific findings, public policy, programs and resources.

Readers Room

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!