Like most of us, Sandra Donald of Notting Hill Gate, United Kingdom, didn’t have time to have a stroke. At age 55, her life was a hectic dance among competing responsibilities. But strokes don’t care how busy we are, and after hers, she knew she had a lot to learn about living with it.
Conditions such as atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, high cholesterol and diabetes are stroke risks all by themselves. The good news is they can be treated. The bad news is that left untreated, they add to the risk of recurrent stroke.
We know that it can sometimes be hard for family and friends to understand how profoundly post-stroke depression may be
impacting a survivor. We encourage you to share this article with the people in your life to help them understand.
The Stroke Connection team knows that it can sometimes be hard for family and friends to understand how profoundly post-stroke depression may be impacting a survivor. We encourage you to share this quick-reference sheet with the people in your life to help them understand.
Survivor Dirk Vlieks had completed more than 40 triathlons as he stood at the starting line of the Honu Half-Ironman on June 3, 2006. A stroke in the brain stem would prevent him from finishing that day. But it didn’t prevent him from doing everything he could to try again.
Stroke never only impacts the survivor, it touches all who care for them. Survivor Delanie Stephenson pens a touching letter of apology to her daughter, Katie, for all the ways Mom’s stroke changed their lives.
Survivor Denice DeAntonio didn’t think she was artistic and thought her stroke had left her too visually impaired to paint. Now she finds herself enjoying trips to the store for art supplies and gathering friends for painting parties.
For stroke survivors with aphasia, physical or cognitive disabilities, emergencies like those our country experienced last year and in recent months — hurricanes, floods, wildfires, frigid fronts, earthquakes and mud floods — can pose life-threatening challenges. The only way to meet any of those challenges is to prepare ahead of time for these events.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.