Survey says people likely to witness a stroke might not know how to identify one

Crystal Wall was having a typical chat on the phone with her sister Chassity Anderson — until her sister’s phone abruptly crashed to the floor and her words suddenly became slurred.

Anderson, 37, was having another stroke.

“Because my sister had suffered from stroke before, I recognized the warning signs and […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Nurse who missed her own stroke symptoms now encouraging others to learn warning signs

As a nurse, Lorena Rivera is used to treating stroke patients.

Being one never entered her mind, even though, as it turned out, she’d already had two strokes.

Her condition went undiagnosed because the possibility of a stroke never entered the mind of the doctors she worked alongside, either.

When her arm […]

Fluorescent particles might help predict heart disease

Here’s a warning for middle-aged women that might sound straight out of a science fiction novel: If a high level of fluorescent particles show up in your blood under a special light meter, then you may be more likely to develop heart disease in the future – and the […]

Stroke Connection highlights progress in post-stroke treatments

 The fall edition of  Stroke Connection, a free, quarterly magazine published by the American Stroke Association, offers a look at treatment advances for post-stroke depression and a condition that causes involuntary and often inappropriate emotional responses.

“Then & Now: Getting Better & Feeling Better,” provides information for survivors who experience cognitive, physical, emotional or […]

Vitamin B supplements may modestly help reduce stroke for some people, study says

Taking vitamin B supplements might modestly reduce the risk of stroke for some people who don’t fit the typical profile for stroke, according to research analysis.

Fourteen clinical trials were reviewed by researchers at Zhengzhou University in China and found that Vitamin B lowered the risk of stroke for some […]

Sodium reduction recommended, despite new study conclusions

People should continue to lower their sodium intake to improve their health despite new research questioning the effectiveness of large-scale sodium-reduction efforts, said Elliott Antman, M.D., the president-elect of the American Heart Association.

Significant research shows too much sodium can increase blood pressure and risks for heart disease, stroke and […]

A progress check on the nation’s race against childhood obesity

Although childhood obesity rates have stabilized, the fight to combat the epidemic is far from over, according to American Heart Association Deputy Chief Science Officer Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Sanchez tells parents in a video that they must work closely with schools and communities to help children reach and maintain a healthy weight.

He suggests parents […]

Elmore Leonard dies of stroke complications

Famed crime novelist Elmore Leonard, 87, died Tuesday at his home near Detroit from complications of a stroke he suffered several weeks ago. Leonard’s death was announced on his website.

The prolific writer had published 45 books, including such well-known titles as “Get Shorty,” and “Freaky Deaky.”

When he first started out […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Stroke survivor turned beauty queen raises awareness wherever she goes

Karen Dionne and her fiancé Michael were busy making breakfast one morning in March 2007 when her head started to hurt. Dizziness and extreme exhaustion quickly set in. Then she noticed she couldn’t feel her left foot.

Soon, she couldn’t feel her entire left side.

Michael immediately recognized her classic symptoms: […]

SimpleScience@Heart: If you were a preemie, beware possible heart problem

People who were born prematurely should pay special attention to their heart health.

A study published in the American Heart Association journal, Circulation, found that young adults who were born more than a month early were more likely to have problems in the right side of their hearts. And the […]