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

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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 […]

Philadelphia nurse honored for decades of serving others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A stroke more than two decades ago left Theresa Conejo’s 56-year-old mom struggling to relearn how to do simple things, like walk, talk and eat. There were other losses too.

“My mother had a beautiful voice, but after that, she couldn’t sing anymore. The person I […]

China to launch hospital program to improve stroke care

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A new hospital program in China is expected to give researchers and doctors much-needed information to monitor and improve the evidence-based stroke care of that country’s No. 1 cause of death and severe disability.

The quality improvement program, scheduled to launch this fall, is modeled after […]

First long-term health study of LGBTQ underway in U.S.

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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Korvin Bothwell searched for health information about transgender people years before he made his transition in 2013, but it was scant. There wasn’t much more available after his transition when he wanted to learn more about the side effects of testosterone.

“I had a […]

Artist who inspired stroke survivors dies

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Eugene Brown, an artist and survivor who created collages and tapestry art to represent his stroke journey, died Tuesday in Jacksonville, Florida. He was 83.

“He talked to everybody, and he was always positive and uplifting, no matter the situation,” said Mona Taylor, a longtime […]

Breastfeeding could help a mother’s heart – in more ways than you think

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Researchers and doctors have long touted the short- and long-term health benefits of breastfeeding, but research published Wednesday shows it also may reduce a woman’s risk of having a heart attack or stroke later in life.

An analysis of data from 289,573 women in China found […]

Regular exercise may lessen stroke severity

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Being physically active may boost the brain’s fight against the world’s No. 2 killer, according to new research.

About 795,000 Americans have a stroke each year, and 129,000 die. But exercising could lessen the severity of stroke later in life, according to research that will be […]

Giddy up and jam: Horses, music may boost stroke recovery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A little horsing around to music may be good therapy for stroke survivors.

In a study published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, horseback riding and rhythm-and-music therapies improved survivors’ perception of recovery, gait, balance, grip strength and cognition years after their stroke.

A variety of […]

Pennsylvania Court upholds Philly ‘soda tax’

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Philadelphia’s 1.5 cents-per-ounce soda tax has survived a major beverage industry challenge in Pennsylvania state court, with a 5-2 decision Wednesday upholding a lower court’s ruling that the tax is legal.

The American Beverage Association, and a coalition of city residents and businesses, filed a lawsuit […]

Neighbor’s stroke helped 35-year-old realize she was having one too

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Donna Garlough lifted her 18-month-old son, Jonah, from his crib and kissed his belly. He babbled his morning greeting. But Donna couldn’t babble back.

Things were off that morning in February 2015. Donna had blamed the splitting headache she woke up with on the white wine […]