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Stroke education aids in symptom recognition, faster responses


Intense education can help stroke survivors quickly recognize symptoms of a subsequent stroke and seek prompt treatment, according to a study in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association.

Few stroke patients arrive at an emergency department within three hours of symptom onset. The Food […]

CDC report finds emergency room visits declined for stroke and TIA


The rate of emergency room visits for strokes is dropping among all adults, but especially among those over 55, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

From 2001 to 2011, the rate of emergency department visits for either […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: From overseeing stroke care to being a stroke patient

Jennifer Caribardi knew better.

As a registered nurse, and the Director of Critical Care Services at Kingwood Medical Center north of Houston, Jennifer was highly skilled in treating stroke patients. Yet when she herself showed clear signs of a stroke, she refused to believe it.

“I am too busy for this […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘A Stroke of Creativity’

Patty Lang didn’t know what to make of the “strange episodes” that occasionally left her weak and temporarily unable to move.

After one pronounced incident, she searched online for what might be causing her symptoms. Patty found information about transient ischemic attacks, or TIAs, and thought, “Oh, this fits – […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: She knew what to do when her husband, a TV meteorologist, struggled to say ‘nightstand’

Bonita Jefferies was relaxing in her bedroom, watching “The Bachelor” on TV, when her husband, Jay Jefferies, walked into the room. To her, his timing was unusual; “The Bachelor” wasn’t his type of show.

What really got her attention was when Jay – a TV meteorologist in Augusta, […]

High stress, hostility, depression may up stroke risk

Having a lot of stress, hostility and depression was associated with a significantly higher risk of stroke or transient ischemic attack in middle-aged and older adults, according to new research.

A TIA is a stroke caused by a temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain.

Researchers studied how psychological factors […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Major strokes leads to major life changes – for the better

Owning a bar is tough. Owning two bars is tougher.

Owning two bars and a restaurant? Well, no wonder Andrew Fisher worked 18 hours a day, six days a week.

And did we mention he also had twin sons in diapers?

So when Andrew got headaches excruciating enough to force him to […]

Prevent another stroke by keeping blood pressure, lifestyle in check

Stroke survivors should control their blood pressure, cholesterol and weight and do moderate physical activity regularly to avoid having another stroke, according to new guidelines from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

In addition, survivors should receive proven therapies like aspirin or procedures to keep neck arteries open, depending […]

Simple Cooking with Heart Kitchen debuts in Baltimore

Tia Berry’s smiling, joke-cracking aunt Carolyn — the favorite in the family — died of a heart attack when she was just 53.

“She gave me my name, which means ‘aunt’ in Spanish,” Berry said. “I was her sidekick. We shopped and ate out a lot. Since her death I […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Warning stroke uncovers lurking heart condition; he’s now helping raise awareness

J. Loren Sisson IV has always been on the move.

A lifelong athlete, he played basketball in college. He then worked as a personal trainer in the gym his family owned.

And he did it all with a hole in his heart – a condition that was discovered after he had […]