American Heart Association

Stroke severity key factor in predicting stroke care outcomes

Stroke severity is the most important predictor of how patients will fare after their stroke, and may be the most important factor in relating hospital performance to 30-day stroke mortality rates.

A statement released on Thursday by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association discusses the science behind developing risk adjustment […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Don’t just live, live well,’ urges heart disease, stroke survivor

There have been two constant themes in Pete Huttlinger’s life: music and heart disease.

Born with a heart defect, Pete lacked the energy to keep up with kids his age. So when they would go out to a field to play, he would bring a guitar or a banjo. Within […]

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 […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: 5-year-old with rare stroke issue ‘doesn’t know anything else than to smile’

Caelon Arthur was 20 months old when he had his first stroke. His screams awakened his parents in the middle of the night, but it was only in the morning that they discovered he couldn’t walk normally or use his right side. Doctors told the family he had a […]

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STORIES FROM THE HEART: She overcame a stroke; her sister didn’t, stoking her passion to educate others

Enduring what she thought was a crushing migraine, Bethany Calley left her job at the sheriff’s department and headed to the store for some medicine. She was making her way across a parking lot when “it felt like my head exploded.”
“It felt like thick fluid was running through my […]

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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 […]

McGowan Fund springboards childhood obesity prevention initiative with inaugural funding

The statistics are alarming.  More than a quarter of U.S. preschool children ages 2-5 are overweight or obese. Many of these children spend most of their day in child care settings. We believe that reaching kids in these environments and teaching them how to make healthy decisions can help […]

Survey says people likely to witness a stroke might not know how to identify one

Crystal Wall was having a typical chat on the phone with her sister Chassity Anderson — until her sister’s phone abruptly crashed to the floor and her words suddenly became slurred.

Anderson, 37, was having another stroke.

“Because my sister had suffered from stroke before, I recognized the warning signs and […]

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STORIES FROM THE HEART: Nurse who missed her own stroke symptoms now encouraging others to learn warning signs

As a nurse, Lorena Rivera is used to treating stroke patients.

Being one never entered her mind, even though, as it turned out, she’d already had two strokes.

Her condition went undiagnosed because the possibility of a stroke never entered the mind of the doctors she worked alongside, either.

When her arm […]

Fluorescent particles might help predict heart disease

Here’s a warning for middle-aged women that might sound straight out of a science fiction novel: If a high level of fluorescent particles show up in your blood under a special light meter, then you may be more likely to develop heart disease in the future – and the […]