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 […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: This stroke survivor is dedicated to helping others beat, avoid stroke

During a pleasant weekend visit with her mother, Amy Edmunds asked a question.

Then she asked it again. And again.

The repetition was so bizarre that Amy’s mom called 9-1-1. Before help arrived, Amy had another frightening problem: she couldn’t see.

But by the time the EMS crew arrived, everything was back […]

Artist inspired by his own stroke recovery

Eugene Brown considers the artwork he’s created the last 13 years to be more intense and more creative than ever before.

What led to such a change? A stroke that limited the use of his right side, forcing the right-handed artist to start expressing himself through his left hand.

Eugene’s recovery […]

Preeclampsia doubles women’s stroke risk, quadruples later high blood pressure risk

Millions of women with a history of preeclampsia should be screened and treated for high blood pressure, obesity, smoking and high cholesterol to reduce their risk for stroke, according to the first-ever guidelines from the American Heart Association for preventing stroke in women.

Of the nearly 4 million women who […]

Preventing stroke in women–frequently asked questions

About the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Womens’ Stroke Guidelines
Are these the first stroke prevention guidelines specific to women?

The 2014 stroke prevention guidelines are the first evidence-based recommendations for preventing stroke in women to be presented in one document. They are intended to help women and their primary […]

AHA/ASA World Stroke Day campaign to receive international award

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association will receive second place from the World Stroke Organization for its campaign promoting World Stroke Day, Oct. 29, 2013.

The award-winning campaign used media and consumer outreach to educate Americans on the importance of stroke  prevention, warning sign recognition, and post-stroke recovery support – with a special […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Busy mother couldn’t believe she was having a stroke, urges women to monitor health

One cold February morning, the daily dash was on in Heather Hourin’s household.

Heather’s two young children, 3-year-old Drew and 14- month-old Ella, were eating breakfast. Her husband Mike was heading home from the gym. Heather, an accountant, was sending an email on her Blackberry about an approaching snowstorm that […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Don’t just live, live well,’ urges heart disease, stroke survivor

There have been two constant themes in Pete Huttlinger’s life: music and heart disease.

Born with a heart defect, Pete lacked the energy to keep up with kids his age. So when they would go out to a field to play, he would bring a guitar or a banjo. Within […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Warning stroke uncovers lurking heart condition; he’s now helping raise awareness

J. Loren Sisson IV has always been on the move.

A lifelong athlete, he played basketball in college. He then worked as a personal trainer in the gym his family owned.

And he did it all with a hole in his heart – a condition that was discovered after he had […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: 5-year-old with rare stroke issue ‘doesn’t know anything else than to smile’

Caelon Arthur was 20 months old when he had his first stroke. His screams awakened his parents in the middle of the night, but it was only in the morning that they discovered he couldn’t walk normally or use his right side. Doctors told the family he had a […]