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High-flying healthy young doctor overcomes stroke that once grounded him

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Flying at 35,000 feet at the start of a trip from their Chicago home to Hawaii to celebrate the upcoming birth of their first child, Dave Levy woke his sleeping wife and said, “Does my right eye look weird?”

Allison Pataki, five months pregnant, replied that […]

May 24th, 2018|Categories: Health, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on High-flying healthy young doctor overcomes stroke that once grounded him

After wife’s stroke at 28, couple advocates for stroke awareness among young

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When Kevin Duane saw his wife Alyssa sprawled on the floor of their kitchen, surrounded by an EMT crew, he feared she had been attacked in a home invasion.

The large goose egg on her forehead prompted police to suspect she was a victim of domestic […]

May 3rd, 2018|Categories: Health, Patients, Stories from the Heart, Stroke|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on After wife’s stroke at 28, couple advocates for stroke awareness among young

Stroke patients at higher risk for suicide attempts

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Strokes can be disabling, leaving survivors to confront many challenges during their recovery. Now, a new Asian study shows survivors are at higher risk for attempting suicide, especially if they are younger, less affluent and have a physically demanding job.

Researchers analyzed data from more than […]

January 10th, 2018|Categories: Health, multicultural, Patients, Research, Stroke|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Stroke patients at higher risk for suicide attempts

Finding a voice after massive stroke at 29

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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

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 […]

Unable to walk, stroke survivor is back on her feet and helping others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Wanda Walton and her family had just spent the afternoon in the Los Angeles area, and she was driving home on the freeway when her left side went numb.

“She swerved the car … and then she did it again,” her daughter Brittany Walton recalled. “I […]

Exercise can significantly improve brain function after stroke

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HOUSTON — Structured exercise training can significantly improve brain function in stroke survivors, according to research presented Wednesday at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2017.

In a meta-analysis of 13 intervention trials that included 735 participants, researchers found that structured physical activity training significantly […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

Research supports skilled, hands-on care in rehabilitation after stroke

The percentage of Americans surviving a stroke is at an all-time high. But experts caution that for those who survive, more effective strategies are needed to help them recover — and avoid another stroke.

The most helpful intervention may be one delivered at an inpatient rehabilitation facility, according to new […]

February 13th, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Research supports skilled, hands-on care in rehabilitation after stroke