American Heart Association

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


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 […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Since recovery, TV meteorologist helps other forecast, prevent strokes


It was a little after 5 a.m. on a Wednesday, and Bri Winkler – a 24-year-old TV meteorologist and news reporter in Los Angeles – was getting ready for a spin class.

That’s when she lost hearing in her right ear.

Numbness followed, starting on her face […]

Clot buster use rises most among 80 and older stroke patients

Use of the clot busting drug tissue plasminogen activator for ischemic stroke has increased for every age group in recent years. But the magnitude of change has been greatest among the very elderly, 80 years and older, researchers report at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Historically, rates […]

Patients with “wake-up strokes” may be candidates for tPA treatment

Tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) appears to be safe in the treatment of stroke detected when people wake up in the morning, according to a multicenter, prospective study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Many patients with these “wake-up strokes” are not candidates for tPA because the […]

Consent delay common reason for lag in tPA administration

Consent delay is one of the most common reasons stroke patients in New York State don’t receive tissue plasminogen activator within the first hour (called the “Golden Hour”) of hospital arrival, researchers reported at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Hospitals target administration of the clot-busting drug within 60 […]

Many mild stroke patients considered “too good to treat” may actually benefit from tPA

Stroke patients with mild symptoms might be eligible to receive the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator, but often don’t receive the therapy because they are deemed “too good to treat.”

However, many of these patients don’t fare well after stroke, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International […]

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 – […]

Healthcare volunteer of the year: Education first

Things were different when Debbie Camp started her nursing career in the 1970s — so different that she calls that time the Dark Ages.

“When stroke patients were admitted, we literally put them in the corner in the dark and waited, because the only treatment we had to offer them […]

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 […]

Chinese stroke patients recover better when hospitals follow guidelines

Chinese stroke patients are less likely to get pneumonia or die when hospitals follow treatment guidelines, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2014.

Closer adherence to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program led to a drop […]