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Two years after stroke, running is a way to health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Merideth Gilmor knows what it’s like to train hard, perhaps even more than some of the professional athletes she handles publicity for.

Exactly a year to the date she suffered a debilitating stroke that nearly killed her, Gilmor completed her first marathon, running 26.2-miles around New […]

‘Nancy’ cartoonist uses personal story to highlight stroke awareness

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

There’s nothing funny about stroke, but on World Stroke Day, “Nancy” cartoonist Guy Gilchrist is bringing awareness to the disease that changed the course of his life and career.

Saturday’s daily strip featuring the timeless 8-year-old is a nod to his personal connection with stroke.

“No matter […]

October 28th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Stroke|Tags: , |4 Comments

Pregnant mom saved by quick action of toddler son

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The details of what happened to her the day she had a stroke are still fuzzy for Lindaly Hernandez. But 4-year-old Jayden Garcia remembers exactly where he was the day his mother collapsed in her bathroom.

Jayden, who was 3 at the time, was […]

Deaf stroke survivor races to health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Tim Leary often finds himself face-down in mud below wires with electrical currents, pulling himself up a wall or jumping off platforms.

But even when the athlete competes in obstacle course races like the Spartan, Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder, he can’t hear the competition, or […]

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 […]

Fighting spirit, rapid response saves stroke survivor

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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 […]

Finding the words after a near-deadly stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

Chris Richards speaks carefully and haltingly, her speech but not her mind affected by a stroke two years ago that nearly killed her.

But the words are worth waiting for. They tell of the power of determination and faith, the love of a wonderful family, the support […]

Model Katie May’s fatal stroke caused by chiropractic procedure, coroner says

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

A controversial neck-manipulation treatment associated with a rare type of stroke appears to have led to the death of Playboy model Katie May, according to the Los Angeles coroner’s department.

The 34-year-old May – who also modeled for GQ and Sports Illustrated – died Feb. 4 […]

What? Excuses that stroke victims give instead of just going to the hospital

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Getting help quickly for stroke — the second-leading cause of death worldwide — is more important than anything else you may be doing or have planned because time can make all the difference.

“Decades ago there were no treatments for stroke. Now we have therapies that […]

October 20th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Stroke|Tags: , |2 Comments

Short episodes of abnormal heart rhythm may not increase stroke risk

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

People with pacemakers or defibrillators who experience only short episodes of an abnormal heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation have a very low risk of stroke, according to a study released Monday.

After analyzing 37,000 ECGs of 5,379 patients over two years, researchers found that long […]

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