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Office pop-in comes at just the right time for Washington man having stroke


Television producer Lane Ficke was chatting with videographer Dave Gordon about plans for the next day when Gordon suddenly stopped talking mid-sentence.

“His face just scrunched up and then he turned and stared at his computer,” Ficke said.

Ficke initially thought Gordon was playing a joke, and […]

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Parody of 1970s hit reminds people to act fast during stroke


The Village People’s iconic 1970s hit “Y.M.C.A.” is getting some fresh lyrics.

A new music video from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association takes a lighthearted approach to recognizing the most common symptoms of a serious and life-threatening condition — stroke.

In the video, “Y.M.C.A.” becomes […]

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Stroke center nurse F.A.S.T. to recognize symptoms of husband’s stroke


“I don’t want you to worry.”

Those were the words that made Danielle Robbins panic when she got an early-morning call from her sister Sara on May 12, 2012. Sara told Danielle that she thought their dad, Stephen Bishop, had suffered a stroke.

Stephen’s wife, Joan, is […]

Survey: 1 in 3 adults may have had warning stroke, but most didn’t seek help


A third of U.S. adults have had symptoms consistent with a mini-stroke, but nearly no one – only 3 percent – called 911 for help, a survey released Monday shows.

The responses from 2,040 adults in a representative sample showed 35 percent had experienced at least […]

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


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: Health, Stroke|Tags: , |2 Comments

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 […]

March 26th, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Tech exec’s response to his debilitating stroke? He’ll soon be riding a bicycle across the country

Armed with a sharp mind and a keen gift for gab, Sean Maloney rose from a free-spirited youth in London to a leading man in Silicon Valley. At 54, he was widely considered the CEO-in-waiting of technology titan Intel.

Perhaps it’s no surprise that such a striver pushed his body, […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Living through a stroke was one thing; now he’s regaining what he lost, inspiring others

Sebastian Baker knew he was at risk of stroke because it ran in his family.

An aunt and a cousin each suffered debilitating strokes. Each endured complications in ensuing years, then died.

Those relatives were in their late 30s and early 40s when they suffered their strokes. Sebastian was 45 the […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: She knew what to do when her husband, a TV meteorologist, struggled to say ‘nightstand’

Bonita Jefferies was relaxing in her bedroom, watching “The Bachelor” on TV, when her husband, Jay Jefferies, walked into the room. To her, his timing was unusual; “The Bachelor” wasn’t his type of show.

What really got her attention was when Jay – a TV meteorologist in Augusta, […]

EMT used stroke warning signs to save her son’s life

It was a snowy January day and Alex Newton was home from school watching cartoons when he felt the entire right half of his body start tingling.

Soon after, the 10-year-old told his mother that his face also felt tingly.

“The hair on the back of my neck stood up because […]