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A faster way to diagnose stroke in kids

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

An emergency room rapid response plan for children can help diagnose stroke symptoms quickly, a new study has found.

Some children’s hospitals already have rapid response processes for when a child comes in with stroke-like symptoms, but most hospitals do not, said Lori Jordan, M.D., Ph.D., […]

July 2nd, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , |0 Comments

Guidelines urge new approach to treating worst strokes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Hospitals nationwide may soon change how they treat the most disabling strokes after new guidelines released Monday recommend using tiny devices to snag large clots from a blocked artery within the brain.

The clot-removal devices are wire cages called stent retrievers, or “stentrievers,” and the American […]

Second-grader saves grandmother with 911 call

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

“Hello, my grandma just had a stroke! Can you come get her? And she can’t talk.”

Those were the words a quick-thinking 7-year-old told a 911 operator that may have saved her grandmother’s life.

The dispatcher who took the call presented Anna Crown with a certificate of […]

May 29th, 2015|Categories: Blog, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |3 Comments

Long-term depression may double stroke risk despite treatment

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Persistent depression may double the risk of stroke in adults over 50 — and stroke risk remains higher even after symptoms of depression go away, according to research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

“Our findings suggest that depression may increase stroke risk over […]

May 13th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |0 Comments

4 teen stroke survivors who share special bond are graduating from high school this weekend

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

In the fall of 2011, Abby Anderson, Blake Ephraim, Madeline Mudd and Molly Ogden were among several thousand freshmen starting high school in the Kansas City area.

They had things in common, as would any four teenage girls. But their interests didn’t overlap enough that they’d […]

It took a stroke for Tyree Russell to take his health seriously

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It took a stroke for Tyree Russell to take his health seriously.

The wholesale car salesman from Chesapeake, Virginia, watched several relatives struggle with heart disease, but didn’t realize a family history could increase his risks.

So when he was diagnosed with high blood pressure at age […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Stroke at 24 changed her personality – in a good way

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

If a job interview was coming up, or maybe a speech in front of a crowd, Brianne Cassidy was a mess for days.

She hardly ate. Or slept. Knowing she’d be the center of attention “totally freaked me out,” she admits.

Then came the 180-degree change in […]

LVADs may lead to declines in health, cognitive thinking in some heart failure patients

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Left ventricular assist devices are life-prolonging devices for many patients with advanced heart failure but they also may leave some patients in poor health or with declines in brain function, according to two studies that were published Wednesday on the American Heart Association journal website Circulation: Cardiovascular […]

April 29th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Primary care physicians, non-physicians provide comparable cardiovascular care

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

The overall quality of heart disease and stroke outpatient care at primary care practices was comparable between physicians and non-physicians, such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants, according to research that was published Wednesday on the American Heart Association journal website Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes.

The research […]

Acute stroke patients received clot-busting treatment despite language barriers

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Acute ischemic stroke patients who didn’t speak English well were still properly treated with clot busters despite the language barrier, according to research that was published Wednesday on the American Heart Association journal website Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes.

The research was originally scheduled to be released […]

April 29th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments