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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-art 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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Featured News

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.

Stroke Survivors Getting Behind the Wheel

Drivers who have had recent strokes are more likely than drivers who have not had strokes to make errors during complex driving tasks, according to two small Canadian studies presented at the International Stroke Conference 2015.

The ADA Turns 25

Starting in the ’70s, the disability rights movement learned an important lesson from the civil rights movement and got organized. Their goals were the elimination of attitudinal, communication, transportation, policy and physical barriers so as to integrate people with disabilities into society.

Volunteers Urge Congress to Increase Access to Telestroke

Last year, Nancy went to her local hospital with stroke symptoms, but there was no neurologist on site. Luckily, one 60 miles away was able to diagnose and prescribe her care virtually via stroke telemedicine or telestroke. Learn more about telestroke and see how you can help increase access to more Americans.

Four Kansas City Teen Stroke Survivors Graduating Together in 2015

In the fall of 2011, Abby Anderson, Blake Ephraim, Madeline Mudd and Molly Ogden were among several thousand freshmen starting high school in the Kansas City area. Then came a traumatic series of events, all in a two-year span. Each suffered a massive stroke.

Stroke Drops to No.5 Cause of Death in U.S.

Stroke has dropped from the nation’s fourth-leading cause of death to No. 5, according to new federal statistics. It is the second time this decade that stroke has dropped a spot in the mortality rankings.

Getting the Right Care

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, affecting nearly 800,000 people each year. Timely access to lifesaving treatments and rehabilitation are critical to improve outcomes for patients.

Eating the Right Food

Postmenopausal women who eat foods higher in potassium are less likely to have strokes and die than women who eat less potassium-rich foods, according to new research in Stroke.

Small Strokes Offer Big Info

Getting a CT scan of the brain within 24 hours of a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or a non-disabling stroke can predict when patients will be at the highest risk of another stroke or when symptoms may worsen, according to new research published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Wife of Popular TV Personality Shares What She's Learned as a Caregiver

Denise McEwen doesn't believe she ever heard the term "caregiver" before 2005. It was that November that her husband experienced a devastating stroke and she become one.

Artists in Recovery

A study by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found that an interactive computer program called ‘Embedded Arts’ is safe and well-tolerated by patients receiving occupational, recreational or physical therapy.

How to be a Happy Caregiver

Stroke caregivers are happier when they continue to enjoy their own hobbies and interests, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

A New Alternative to Warfarin

A new drug not yet available in the United States was as effective in preventing strokes and safer than the blood-thinner warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation, according to a clinical trial presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013.
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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.

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!