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Young cyclist suffers stroke during ride

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Michelle McVeigh was the picture of athleticism and loved the great outdoors. An avid bicyclist, she was accustomed to long rides and racing on a biking team. Years earlier, she competed for the United States in world junior rowing.

Nothing seemed to slow her down.

“I’ve always […]

August 14th, 2015|Categories: Stories from the Heart|Tags: , |0 Comments

Making the 911 call for stroke differs by race, sex

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

During a stroke, slightly more than half of patients use emergency medical services to get to the hospital, with white women the most likely, and Hispanic men the least likely, to use EMS transport, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association.

Between […]

August 12th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Uric acid may lessen women’s disability after stroke

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Uric acid – a chemical at high levels can lead to serious illness – may lessen women’s disability after stroke, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

High levels of uric acid can lead to kidney stones or the inflammatory arthritic condition […]

July 9th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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 […]