American Heart Association

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

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

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 […]

Deaf stroke survivor races to health

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Tim Leary often finds himself face-down in mud below wires with electrical currents, pulling himself up a wall or jumping off platforms.

But even when the athlete competes in obstacle course races like the Spartan, Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder, he can’t hear the competition, or […]

How one young woman eventually found out she’d had a mini-stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Amanda Thompson was happy and the picture of good health. Life was good.

Then on March 14, 2015, she felt an “intense pain” at the back of her neck near the end of a body pump class at the gym.

“I couldn’t finish,” Thompson said. “I got […]

Stroke education aids in symptom recognition, faster responses

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Intense education can help stroke survivors quickly recognize symptoms of a subsequent stroke and seek prompt treatment, according to a study in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association.

Few stroke patients arrive at an emergency department within three hours of symptom onset. The Food […]

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CDC report finds emergency room visits declined for stroke and TIA

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The rate of emergency room visits for strokes is dropping among all adults, but especially among those over 55, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

From 2001 to 2011, the rate of emergency department visits for either […]

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STORIES FROM THE HEART: From overseeing stroke care to being a stroke patient

Jennifer Caribardi knew better.

As a registered nurse, and the Director of Critical Care Services at Kingwood Medical Center north of Houston, Jennifer was highly skilled in treating stroke patients. Yet when she herself showed clear signs of a stroke, she refused to believe it.

“I am too busy for this […]

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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 – […]

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, […]

High stress, hostility, depression may up stroke risk

Having a lot of stress, hostility and depression was associated with a significantly higher risk of stroke or transient ischemic attack in middle-aged and older adults, according to new research.

A TIA is a stroke caused by a temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain.

Researchers studied how psychological factors […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Major strokes leads to major life changes – for the better

Owning a bar is tough. Owning two bars is tougher.

Owning two bars and a restaurant? Well, no wonder Andrew Fisher worked 18 hours a day, six days a week.

And did we mention he also had twin sons in diapers?

So when Andrew got headaches excruciating enough to force him to […]

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