American Heart Association

Ellis Williamson forged new ground as a patient advocate by starting the Stroke Club

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

After Ellis Williamson of Galveston, Texas, had a stroke in 1964, he helped break new ground in patient advocacy, empowering stroke survivors in a time when stroke carried stigma.

He was in his mid-30s when a stroke left him unable to speak or walk. After months […]

U.S. Paralympic cyclist and stroke survivor encourages cycling to improve heart and brain health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Just days after being honored at the White House, U.S. Paralympic cyclist and stroke survivor Billy Lister was back on a bike in Denver, encouraging people to improve their heart and brain health through cycling.

Lister spoke Sunday at a local CycleNation event, part of a […]

Searching for answers about cryptogenic stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

LOS ANGELES _ Most doctors are uncertain about approaches to finding the cause of mysterious and life-threatening events called “cryptogenic strokes,” and about half of healthcare providers say they don’t know enough about them, according to a report released Wednesday.

A stroke is usually caused by […]

American Stroke Association honors scientists

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The American Stroke Association honored scientists on Wednesday who have devoted their careers to stroke research and groundbreaking studies, as well as young stroke researchers making notable contributions to today’s understanding of stroke during the International Stroke Conference 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Those honored […]

Air pollution may fuel severe stroke in poor neighborhoods

Higher concentrations of particulate matter from air pollution may amplify severe stroke in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Researchers analyzed the potential synergistic effects of living in socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods and air pollution on stroke severity in a bi-ethnic […]

Clot buster use rises most among 80 and older stroke patients

Use of the clot busting drug tissue plasminogen activator for ischemic stroke has increased for every age group in recent years. But the magnitude of change has been greatest among the very elderly, 80 years and older, researchers report at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Historically, rates […]

Patients with “wake-up strokes” may be candidates for tPA treatment

Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) appears to be safe in the treatment of stroke detected when people wake up in the morning, according to a multicenter, prospective study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Many patients with these “wake-up strokes” are not candidates for tPA because the […]

Ideal heart health not only impacts heart, but also future ability to function

Cardiovascular health impacts how well people function in the years to come, even if they’ve not had a stroke or heart attack, according to research at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Researchers studied more than 3,200 adults in Northern Manhattan, looking for indicators of “ideal cardiovascular health […]

Church-based health intervention may help parishioners reduce stroke risk

A church-based health intervention reduced stroke risk behaviors among Hispanic and non-Hispanic parishioners, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

The Stroke Health and Risk Education Project was a faith-based, culturally-sensitive behavioral intervention study to reduce stroke risk factor behaviors such as physical inactivity, […]

Smaller “stroke belt” among kids but picture still grim

Children living in a part of the Southeastern United States, known as the stroke belt, are no more likely to be hospitalized for stroke than children in non-stroke-belt states, researchers reported at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Adults in the stroke belt are more likely to be […]

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