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Unable to walk, stroke survivor is back on her feet and helping others


Wanda Walton and her family had just spent the afternoon in the Los Angeles area, and she was driving home on the freeway when her left side went numb.

“She swerved the car … and then she did it again,” her daughter Brittany Walton recalled. “I […]

Exercise can significantly improve brain function after stroke


HOUSTON — Structured exercise training can significantly improve brain function in stroke survivors, according to research presented Wednesday at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2017.

In a meta-analysis of 13 intervention trials that included 735 participants, researchers found that structured physical activity training significantly […]

Fighting spirit, rapid response saves stroke survivor


Tamsen Butler, a 41-year-old mother of two, wife, Air Force veteran and fitness guru, was putting away groceries with her children on July 22, 2015, when she felt an odd sensation, “like something had shifted in my head,” she remembered.

Something felt funny in her right […]

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 […]

Research supports skilled, hands-on care in rehabilitation after stroke

The percentage of Americans surviving a stroke is at an all-time high. But experts caution that for those who survive, more effective strategies are needed to help them recover — and avoid another stroke.

The most helpful intervention may be one delivered at an inpatient rehabilitation facility, according to new […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘A Stroke of Creativity’

Patty Lang didn’t know what to make of the “strange episodes” that occasionally left her weak and temporarily unable to move.

After one pronounced incident, she searched online for what might be causing her symptoms. Patty found information about transient ischemic attacks, or TIAs, and thought, “Oh, this fits – […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Stroke survivor turned beauty queen raises awareness wherever she goes

Karen Dionne and her fiancé Michael were busy making breakfast one morning in March 2007 when her head started to hurt. Dizziness and extreme exhaustion quickly set in. Then she noticed she couldn’t feel her left foot.

Soon, she couldn’t feel her entire left side.

Michael immediately recognized her classic symptoms: […]