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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

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

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.
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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.

Poems of a Recovery Journey

As a rehab patient, I found a spiral notebook and kept a journal of my feelings and experiences during this totally unexpected set of circumstances. I wrote these three poems to share encouragement with anyone who needs it.

Walking the Runway to Recovery

2011 was a tough year - but after surviving kidney failure, a stroke, seizures, high blood pressure and a Lupus diagnosis, Deborah Williams advice is to never give up.

From a Wheelchair to a Corvette

After much hard work and determination, Bill Perrick mastered a new set of wheels after a stroke.

Reinventing Myself

Strokes are devastating because they take so many things from us, but they do not have to rob us of our essence.

Who Am I?

A stroke changes so many things so quickly. Survivor Dorcas Sutton explores questions of what it has done to her own identity.

Dad Finds A Friend

It took five years after his stroke before Doris' father met another survivor with aphasia.