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STORIES FROM THE HEART: Slowed by stroke at 18, he’s a college grad starting a new job at 25


Michael Trujillo graduated from Illinois State University in May with a bachelor’s degree in international business and marketing. He’s travelling this summer before starting a sales job for an international manufacturing supplier in August.

Such a “normal” life still surprises the 25-year-old from the Chicago suburb […]

Comprehensive stroke centers may improve bleeding stroke survival


People with hemorrhagic strokes, or brain bleeds, are more likely to survive if they are treated at a comprehensive stroke center, according to research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Hemorrhagic strokes, which account for about 13 percent of all strokes, are caused […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Living through a stroke was one thing; now he’s regaining what he lost, inspiring others

Sebastian Baker knew he was at risk of stroke because it ran in his family.

An aunt and a cousin each suffered debilitating strokes. Each endured complications in ensuing years, then died.

Those relatives were in their late 30s and early 40s when they suffered their strokes. Sebastian was 45 the […]

Costs to treat bleeding strokes increase 10 years later

Costs to treat strokes caused by bleeding in the brain may increase significantly 10 years later, according to a study in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

The Australian study is the first to include 10 years of follow-up data on stroke cost estimates, which may also apply to the […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Michigan mom ignored the risks and suffered the consequences; now, after losing 130-plus pound, she’s back in control

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Sheri Lindsay was standing at the kitchen table, organizing pictures for her son’s hockey banquet, when her body delivered the ultimate wake-up call.

“I felt something pop in my left eye, and I immediately said to my husband, ‘I need to go to the hospital,’” she said.

Sheri […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: 26-year-old rebuilds life, golf game after stroke

The day before Thanksgiving 2009, Drew Sperling woke up looking forward to playing a round of golf with his dad.

The words he spoke to a friend that morning sounded slurred.

Then Drew lost consciousness.

He was bleeding inside his brain. He was having a stroke. He was also only 21.
The friend […]

“Cruise for a Cause” makes wedding dream come true after stroke

Will Folk and Holly Harrison’s lives were full and their future was shiny. The two were busily building their careers, setting up a new apartment and planning their wedding.

Those plans did not include stroke.

But it happened. On Valentine’s Day 2013, Harrison collapsed on the bathroom floor at work from […]

One-third of young people who survive a stroke lose independence

One-third of people who survive a stroke before age 50 are unable to live independently or need assistance with daily activities 10 years after their stroke, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke.

About 10 percent of strokes occur in 18- and 50-year-olds.

“Even if patients seem relatively […]

Inspiration for stroke survivors stitch by stitch

Artist and stroke survivor Eugene Brown gave a special gift to the American Stroke Association on Friday — an intricate tapestry representing his journey through stroke recovery and the inspiration he received from the association along the way.

The American Stroke Association commissioned the piece last year, which Brown presented […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: She overcame a stroke; her sister didn’t, stoking her passion to educate others

Enduring what she thought was a crushing migraine, Bethany Calley left her job at the sheriff’s department and headed to the store for some medicine. She was making her way across a parking lot when “it felt like my head exploded.”
“It felt like thick fluid was running through my […]