Winter 2020

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In this Issue

Leave. And Don’t Come Back.

Proactive, regular follow-up from stroke survivors’ hospital care teams may significantly reduce readmissions.

Avoid Another Stroke: Take Charge of Your High Blood Pressure

Controlling high blood pressure is one important way to avoid another stroke. Here’s how to do it.

A Kitchen Makeover

Making cooking simpler and safer.

Sympathy Becomes Empathy

Physician Courtney Magdalene Moore has experienced stroke from both ends of the stethoscope, and being a survivor has changed her approach with patients.

A Survivor’s Insights on Her Journey Back

Stroke recovery is often a marathon, says Barbara Silverstein, who shares her story and three important insights.

Finding My Own Way

Advocating for my own care has been my toughest recovery battle.

Why aren’t more stroke survivors getting statins?

Stroke survivors are less likely than heart disease patients to get cholesterol-lowering meds despite the benefits, research shows.

Here’s why stroke survivors need to pay attention to bone health

Osteoporosis and the danger of fractures may not be on your list of stroke consequences, but they should be.

Stroke survivors recover better with stepped-up rehab

Balance and walking ability improve more when stroke survivors are given harder tasks, a study shows.

Aerobic exercise could improve recovery after stroke

Researchers call it an easy but often overlooked opportunity to enhance stroke rehabilitation.
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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!