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Art show offers stroke survivors a platform to share experiences

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The road to recovery after a stroke can be challenging. For some survivors, damage to the brain can hinder the ability to say what’s on their minds or to find the right words, while others may have difficulty walking or using a hand.

But rather than […]

Instead of heading to the arena, former NBA athlete went to the emergency room for stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Former NBA player Juaquin Hawkins was finishing a series of road games with his basketball team in Australia when he reached to turn on the faucet and the finger tips on his right hand began to tingle, a feeling that quickly ran up his arm.

“I […]

Young woman celebrates 3rd stroke anniversary with ‘Today’ show interview

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Last weekend Emily Welbourn laced up her shoes and took off for a 3.5 mile run. She hadn’t been training and there were about a million other things vying for her attention. But that run, on that day, was not going to be missed.

Three years […]

Cryptogenic stroke: Explaining the unexplained

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

College student Scott Thompson was kicking a soccer ball in the school gym when his head started playing tricks on him.

“I felt a click and a cool rush sensation,” he said. “It felt like somebody was pouring cool water on my head.”

He stopped, thinking a […]

Art born of fear inspires a new view of heart disease

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The proper name for those teardrop-shaped, adhesive bits of plastic that attach wires to your body for cardiac tests is “leads.” More casually, they’re called “stickies.”

Some people see them and think of mildly uncomfortable procedures, anxiety about the results, or the slight sting when the […]

Stroke survivors’ caregiving costs more time and money than previously estimated

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The average annual estimated cost for caregiving for an elderly stroke survivor is about $11,300, which translates to about $40 billion annually among all Medicare beneficiaries, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

Researchers analyzed a large national study […]

Quick, expert care saved him from death or disability from cryptogenic stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATIONS NEWS

When his wife’s snoring woke him one night in July 2014, Kurt Hinrichs did what he’d done countless other times: reach for his glasses and move to the couch in the living room.

But instead of standing, he collapsed to the floor and was unable to […]

Native-American activist learns to put self first after stroke

BY AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Sheryl Gann spent her life as a grassroots activist, fighting for issues close to Osage tribe community. But after surviving a stroke at age 46, the Native American woman realized she had to learn to let go.

On May 11, 2015, Gann had just gotten to […]

Stroke survivors and caregivers explain the long road to recovery

Survivors and caregivers met with legislators in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday to explain the financial costs that can accompany the long road to recovery after stroke and to also offer support for a tax credit that would help families offset the burden.

Studies have shown that family caregivers provide approximately $6.1 […]

Stroke caregivers are happier when they continue their own hobbies and interests

Stroke caregivers are happier when they continue to enjoy their own hobbies and interests, according to new research released on Thursday.

Researchers used several questionnaires to assess well-being after one year among 399 family members caring for a loved one who survived a stroke. The caregivers were mostly women (69 […]