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Quick recognition, treatment help Maine stroke survivor recover in hours

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Before her pre-dawn runs, Sarah Belliveau likes fueling herself with a cup of coffee.

The morning of June 15, 2017, she couldn’t. She forgot how.

“I remember looking at the machine and knowing I needed to push the button,” she said, “but there was a disconnect between […]

May 17th, 2018|Categories: Stories from the Heart, Stroke, Women|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Quick recognition, treatment help Maine stroke survivor recover in hours

Finding a voice after massive stroke at 29

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Meredith Gorham was finally relaxing after a busy, hot day of running around on July 17, 2009. But when she tried to stand up from the couch, she suddenly collapsed.

Her shocked husband, Chris, tried to help her up. But after realizing she was unable to […]

December 15th, 2017|Categories: Health, Heart Disease, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke, Women|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Finding a voice after massive stroke at 29

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 […]

May 31st, 2017|Categories: Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke, Women|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Neighbor’s stroke helped 35-year-old realize she was having one too

Stroke survivor’s goal: walk in high heels again

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

As the mother of four teenagers, Dana Rivera was constantly on the go, shuttling kids for school, activities, sports practice and attending games.

Finding herself with 30 minutes to kill before picking up her son from summer school in June 2009, she ducked into a store […]

Closing PFO “hole in the heart” may prevent strokes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Stroke survivors who also have patent foramen ovale, a hole in the heart, could benefit from a device that closes the PFO to help prevent future strokes, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

Researchers studied 980 stroke survivors, ages […]

Young woman kept asking questions after stroke symptoms – and found answers

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Kristy Harding endured vertigo spells so intense the room seemed to spin. When she moved her head even slightly she would vomit.

Scans of her brain were inconclusive, and doctors had no solid diagnosis. She suspected that the episodes, which happened about once a month and […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Camper. Hiker. Triathlete. And at 23, a stroke survivor

Nicky Leto was about as active as a 23-year-old woman could be. She liked to hike, camp, swim and compete in triathlons.

One morning, Nicky awoke with a headache and numb arm. She didn’t worry much – at least, not at first. She had occasional headaches because of a past […]

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 – […]

Motorcycle lover shares his story for World Stroke Day

At 39, Gabe Scofield felt he was in the best shape of his life. A service manager at a motorcycle dealership in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Scofield regularly spent time racing motorcycles offroad, mountain biking and weight training.

The father of two boys—13-year-old Jesse and 6-year-old Zander—Scofield strove to take good […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: It was `only’ a warning stroke; good thing she took it seriously

After teaching two fitness classes and attending another, 36-year-old Jessica Diaz was taking a shower when she felt a strange sensation shoot down the left side of her body.

Jessica particularly noticed the odd feeling in her left hand.

“It was like it was there, but it wasn’t mine,” she recalled. […]

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