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Rehab kit helps patients, caregivers navigate stroke recovery

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

After a stroke, regaining the ability to string words into simple sentences or finally being able to return to work are milestones. In Austin, Texas, speech language pathologists Shelley Adair and Shilpa Shamapant get to regularly witness such achievements.

Like the 36-year-old chemical engineer who is […]

From the basketball court to the stroke unit

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Antrone “Juice” Moore grew up on Chicago’s South Side during the Michael Jordan-led Bulls dynasty of the 1990s. He played basketball in college and spent more than a decade playing for semi-professional teams throughout North America.

He turned his attention to coaching in 2008, but in […]

New guidelines offer how-to manual for stroke’s aftermath

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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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 […]

From husband and wife to patient and caregiver

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Kathy Hutton was a high school junior when she fell in love with her husband, David.

“It was love at first sight,” Kathy said. “He was the cutest thing I’d ever seen.”

Two years later, they were married and soon had son Graham and daughter Chelsea. David […]

Uric acid may lessen women’s disability after stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Uric acid – a chemical at high levels can lead to serious illness – may lessen women’s disability after stroke, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

High levels of uric acid can lead to kidney stones or the inflammatory arthritic condition […]

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Pulse oximetry screenings save lives of babies with congenital heart defects

Screening for congenital heart defects with pulse oximetry identified newborn babies with previously unsuspected critical congenital heart defects, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014. Babies with undetected CCHD have a significant increased risk of disability or death.

About nine of every 1,000 babies are […]

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More than 5 million treated through Get With The Guidelines

More than 5 million people have received heart and stroke care based on the latest research-based treatment guidelines, thanks to an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association program that helps hospitals follow those guidelines.

The association’s Get With The Guidelines program hit the 5 million-patient milestone this month and also the […]

South Carolina: Stroke hospitalizations up for some blacks

Stroke hospitalizations among middle-aged blacks is increasing in South Carolina — highlighting the need for intervention among younger, high-risk groups, according to new research published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

Stroke, the No. 4 killer and a primary cause of long-term disability in the United States, affects more […]

Four-time stroke survivor makes trek across the country for the fourth time

He’s at it again. Four-time stroke survivor Mycle Brandy, 63, has his walking shoes on and he is making his way from Portland, Oregon, to Portland, Maine.

This is Brandy’s fourth walk since beginning his treks around America to raise awareness about stroke. Along the way, he meets and greets […]

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Stroke survivors may lose a month of healthy life for every 15-minute treatment delay

Every 15-minute delay in delivering a clot-busting drug after stroke robs survivors of about a month of disability-free life, according to a new study.

In addition, each minute faster the drug is given means nearly two more days of healthy life for survivors, researchers said.

The sooner the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator  […]

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