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 […]

Chinese stroke patients recover better when hospitals follow guidelines

Chinese stroke patients are less likely to get pneumonia or die when hospitals follow treatment guidelines, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2014.

Closer adherence to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program led to a drop […]

Marcus “Elder Mac” McFarlin wins Most Powerful Voices singing competition

After months of competition, Marcus “Elder Mac” McFarlin has won the national Most Powerful Voices singing competition that’s helping raise awareness about stroke.

McFarlin is a contemporary gospel artist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, whose first album, “Addicted to Praise,” was released in 2011. As the Grand Prize Winner, he’ll have a chance […]

RX: exercise for stroke survivors

Stroke survivors should be prescribed exercise to help counteract physical deconditioning and inactive lifestyles, according to an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association scientific statement.

Lack of activity after stroke decreases survivors’ ability to perform daily living activities and increases their risk of having another stroke.

“There is strong evidence that physical […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Tough times don’t last, but tough people do’ – like this survivor of a stroke when she was 15

Vandna Mittal loved dancing and snowboarding. She played varsity tennis and took honors classes at her high school in Redlands, Calif.

When a headache disrupted the 15-year-old’s walk to class, she dismissed it.

“Who would think it was anything?” she recalled. “Just a headache – harmless.”

But Vandna began feeling confused in […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Surviving stroke is a sprint for this marathon runner

Last Memorial Day, Teri Ackerson finished a 6-mile run in preparation for her next marathon, went home for a shower, then visited a Starbucks for a latte with her teenage son, Parker.

Driving away, her grip on her coffee cup loosened as her left arm suddenly went numb. She felt […]

Prevent another stroke by keeping blood pressure, lifestyle in check

Stroke survivors should control their blood pressure, cholesterol and weight and do moderate physical activity regularly to avoid having another stroke, according to new guidelines from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

In addition, survivors should receive proven therapies like aspirin or procedures to keep neck arteries open, depending […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Stroke limits attorney, but she’s fighting back – and helping others do so, too

It was the time of year when many people indulge with abandon. Attorney Jan Thomas resisted, though. On this Dec. 28, she was remaining fit by spending her lunch break in her office gym, just as she did two or three times every week.

A partner in a large firm […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: `Stroke Hero’ perseveres to raise son delivered following her devastating stroke

Jenny Mason was throwing up so violently that her boyfriend Jarrad went to a pharmacy to get medication to ease her nausea.

When Jarrad returned, he found the left side of her body was weak and she was struggling to move. Although calling 9-1-1 is best in such situations, he […]

One year after explosion, Tedy’s Team runs the Boston Marathon

Chanting “Boston Strong,” all 76 members of Tedy’s Team started the Boston Marathon on Monday morning to help raise money for the American Stroke Association.

The group was led by its namesake, former New England Patriot player Tedy Bruschi, who started the team after suffering a stroke in 2005.

Each member […]