American Heart Association

Many U.S. women don’t know stroke warning signs

Many U.S. women don’t know most of the warning signs of stroke , according to research conducted by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and released Wednesday.

In a national phone survey asking 1,205 U.S. women about the signs of stroke, researchers found: Only 18 percent of women identified sudden […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: `1000 to 1,’ the amazing story of Cory Weissman

The first magical moment of Cory Weissman’s basketball career was scoring his 1,000th point for Jackson Memorial  High School in Jackson Township, N.J.

Only the ninth player in school history to reach the milestone, Cory did it in sensational style – swishing a long 3-pointer over a tall defender in a […]

O’Donnell to women: ‘You’re worth it, take care of yourself and know the symptoms’ of heart disease

In retrospect, Rosie O’Donnell realizes she put herself at risk of heart disease.

She was very overweight at 220 pounds, and admittedly “was not exercising at all.” Plus, she had a strong family history of heart disease. Even when symptoms started, she failed to take them seriously.

“Since my mom died […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Busy mother couldn’t believe she was having a stroke, urges women to monitor health

One cold February morning, the daily dash was on in Heather Hourin’s household.

Heather’s two young children, 3-year-old Drew and 14- month-old Ella, were eating breakfast. Her husband Mike was heading home from the gym. Heather, an accountant, was sending an email on her Blackberry about an approaching snowstorm that […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Rapper’s wife urges empowerment through fitness, knowledge about stroke

Two sisters are talking on the phone, as they do at least once a day. They’re laughing about a new TV comedy when one drops the phone and falls to the ground. She tries to explain what’s happening, but her words are slurred.

Crystal Wall recognizes her older sister is […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Stroke survivor turned beauty queen raises awareness wherever she goes

Karen Dionne and her fiancé Michael were busy making breakfast one morning in March 2007 when her head started to hurt. Dizziness and extreme exhaustion quickly set in. Then she noticed she couldn’t feel her left foot.

Soon, she couldn’t feel her entire left side.

Michael immediately recognized her classic symptoms: […]

Simple Science @Heart: Worst headache of your life could be a stroke — get to the ER!

A sudden, severe headache — so powerful it’s like a thunderclap inside your head — is a classic symptom of a less common type of stroke.

Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) is a bleeding stroke. Survivors often describe the “thunderclap headache” as “the worst headache of my life.” It occurs most […]

It’s American Stroke Month – Do you know the signs?

Brain researcher, Jill Bolte Taylor watched as her brain functions – motions, speech, self-awareness – shut down one by one as she had a massive stroke. Watch her astonishing story:

Did you know that a stroke occurs every 40 seconds? It’s the No. 4 cause of death and No. 1 […]