American Heart Association

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Surviving stroke is a sprint for this marathon runner

Last Memorial Day, Teri Ackerson finished a 6-mile run in preparation for her next marathon, went home for a shower, then visited a Starbucks for a latte with her teenage son, Parker.

Driving away, her grip on her coffee cup loosened as her left arm suddenly went numb. She felt […]

Stroke patients treated faster when hospitals use proven strategies

Stroke patients got the critical medication they needed faster at hospitals where basic communications were improved and other research-based tactics were used, according to new research evaluating treatment at hundreds of hospitals.

Speed of treatment has been proven to be vital after stroke, saving lives and helping survivors avoid long-term […]

Stroke survivors may lose a month of healthy life for every 15-minute treatment delay

Every 15-minute delay in delivering a clot-busting drug after stroke robs survivors of about a month of disability-free life, according to a new study.

In addition, each minute faster the drug is given means nearly two more days of healthy life for survivors, researchers said.

The sooner the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator  […]

Stroke patients fare better in hospitals speeding care

Hospitals that used key strategies, tools and approaches from the Target: Stroke initiative sped up treatment times, which was associated with fewer stroke patients having complications or dying, according to a science report presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014.

Target: Stroke is a national quality initiative that […]