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New guidelines offer how-to manual for stroke’s aftermath


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To rehabilitate a stroke patient, it takes a village — one that extends far beyond patient and physician, family and friends.

From physical, speech, occupational and other therapists to health aides, psychologists, nurses, nutritionists and social workers, a diverse team is essential in stroke […]

Exosomes may be key players in two rebuilding processes after stroke


Small vesicles secreted by cells help facilitate growth and development of blood vessels and neurons in the brain following a stroke, according to a new study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

Researchers from Detroit and China, suspected that tiny vesicles, […]

Regularly checking temperature and blood sugar may improve stroke recovery


Keeping close tabs on temperature and glucose (blood sugar) could improve the recovery of stroke patients, according to research presented at the Nursing Symposium of the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

After an Australian trial showed that 90-day outcomes are better when nurses […]

Rapid symptom improvement may not indicate better stroke recovery


Stroke patients whose symptoms quickly improved before hospital arrival did not always have better recoveries than other patients, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

“Patients with very early rapid neurological improvement when first examined at the hospital still […]

Support Network helps in heart disease, stroke emotional recovery

When Catherine Clinkscales’s son, Cain, was born with severe heart defects, the first place she turned to was the American Heart Association. Four years later, she’s helping the association reach out to other parents who may be facing similar challenges.

“At the time, I had no idea where to turn […]

Stroke patients should receive customized palliative care

People recovering from a stroke should have a well-coordinated medical team to personalize care, optimize quality of life and minimize suffering, according to a scientific statement published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

The statement is the first in the United States to outline fundamental palliative care for […]

Musician and stroke survivor who became an American Heart Association spokesman dies

Kenneth Carter played the saxophone for more than 40 years when he suffered a stroke in 1991 and lost the use of his right arm.

Turns out he could make beautiful music without it.

As a stroke survivor, Carter spent the rest of his life playing his favorite instrument with only […]

Stroke Connection highlights progress in post-stroke treatments

 The fall edition of  Stroke Connection, a free, quarterly magazine published by the American Stroke Association, offers a look at treatment advances for post-stroke depression and a condition that causes involuntary and often inappropriate emotional responses.

“Then & Now: Getting Better & Feeling Better,” provides information for survivors who experience cognitive, physical, emotional or […]

SimpleScience@Heart: Walking trumps massage for improving life after stroke

Stroke survivors should consider a regular stroll around their neighborhood instead of routine trips to a masseuse.

A new study shows that stroke survivors who walked three times a week were better off than those who got therapeutic massages. The walkers reported a better quality of life related to their […]