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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 […]

Nurse, stroke survivor dedicated to educating and helping others


Teri Ackerson vividly recalls the 1 a.m. call from a friend who was urgently trying to figure out whether someone was having a stroke.

As a nurse who has herself survived a stroke and now works to make sure people get proper stroke treatment, people who […]

Clot-busting drug safe after brain scan pinpoints time of ‘unwitnessed’ stroke


LOS ANGELES — Two decades after the approval of a drug that can bust up clots and spare stroke patients from disabling brain damage, researchers have found it may be safe and possibly effective in a group of patients currently deemed ineligible.

People who wake up […]

February 19th, 2016|Categories: Research, Stroke|Tags: , , |0 Comments

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Stroke at 24 changed her personality – in a good way


If a job interview was coming up, or maybe a speech in front of a crowd, Brianne Cassidy was a mess for days.

She hardly ate. Or slept. Knowing she’d be the center of attention “totally freaked me out,” she admits.

Then came the 180-degree change in […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Since recovery, TV meteorologist helps other forecast, prevent strokes


It was a little after 5 a.m. on a Wednesday, and Bri Winkler – a 24-year-old TV meteorologist and news reporter in Los Angeles – was getting ready for a spin class.

That’s when she lost hearing in her right ear.

Numbness followed, starting on her face […]

Clot buster use rises most among 80 and older stroke patients

Use of the clot busting drug tissue plasminogen activator for ischemic stroke has increased for every age group in recent years. But the magnitude of change has been greatest among the very elderly, 80 years and older, researchers report at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Historically, rates […]

Patients with “wake-up strokes” may be candidates for tPA treatment

Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) appears to be safe in the treatment of stroke detected when people wake up in the morning, according to a multicenter, prospective study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Many patients with these “wake-up strokes” are not candidates for tPA because the […]

Consent delay common reason for lag in tPA administration

Consent delay is one of the most common reasons stroke patients in New York State don’t receive tissue plasminogen activator within the first hour (called the “Golden Hour”) of hospital arrival, researchers reported at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Hospitals target administration of the clot-busting drug within 60 […]

Many mild stroke patients considered “too good to treat” may actually benefit from tPA

Stroke patients with mild symptoms might be eligible to receive the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator, but often don’t receive the therapy because they are deemed “too good to treat.”

However, many of these patients don’t fare well after stroke, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International […]

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 – […]

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