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Art show offers stroke survivors a platform to share experiences


The road to recovery after a stroke can be challenging. For some survivors, damage to the brain can hinder the ability to say what’s on their minds or to find the right words, while others may have difficulty walking or using a hand.

But rather than […]

Limiting social isolation improves stroke outcomes in aged mice

Housing aged mice in pairs enhances their recovery after stroke, according to a study presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

Social isolation slows functional recovery and worsens cell damage after stroke in young animals, primarily by increasing the body’s inflammatory response. Changes occur in the inflammatory […]

February 11th, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Limiting social isolation improves stroke outcomes in aged mice

Stress may partly explain worse heart attack recovery in young and middle-aged women

Stress may partly explain why young and middle-aged women have a worse recovery after heart attack, according to new research published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Although 35,000 women under age 65 experience heart attack each year in the United States, there’s limited data on psychosocial characteristics and […]

February 9th, 2015|Categories: Health|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Low social support linked to poor health in young heart attack survivors

Having few friends, family and a general lack of social support is associated with poor health and quality of life and depression in young men and women a year after having a heart attack, according to new research in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Social support is the […]

“Cruise for a Cause” makes wedding dream come true after stroke

Will Folk and Holly Harrison’s lives were full and their future was shiny. The two were busily building their careers, setting up a new apartment and planning their wedding.

Those plans did not include stroke.

But it happened. On Valentine’s Day 2013, Harrison collapsed on the bathroom floor at work from […]

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SimpleScience@Heart: Walking trumps massage for improving life after stroke

Stroke survivors should consider a regular stroll around their neighborhood instead of routine trips to a masseuse.

A new study shows that stroke survivors who walked three times a week were better off than those who got therapeutic massages. The walkers reported a better quality of life related to their […]