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American Heart Association says ‘Nancy’ cartoonist uses personal story to highlight Stroke Awareness

 

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American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – A few years before starting the “Muppets” comic strip for Jim Henson, and long before becoming lead artist of “Nancy,” Guy Gilchrist had a stroke.

On Saturday, World Stroke Day, the cartoonist is teaming up with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to bring awareness to the disease that changed the course of his life and career.

NANCY copyright 2016 Guy Gilchrist. Reprinted by permission of UNIVERSAL UCLICK for UFS. All rights reserved.

NANCY copyright 2016 Guy Gilchrist. Reprinted by permission of UNIVERSAL UCLICK for UFS. All rights reserved.

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American Stroke Association urges everyone to learn ‘FAST’ response to stroke for World Stroke Day

 

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – When punch dribbled out of the side of Dan Merritt’s mouth during a Halloween celebration at his daughter’s house, his wife quickly recognized stroke signs and drove him to the hospital.

“In hindsight, we did the right thing, the wrong way,” Barbara Merritt said. “We should have called 911 right away. Fortunately, Dan’s story turned out okay, but we know we got incredibly lucky.”

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American Stroke Association lists Five fast things you should know about Stroke

 

May is Stroke Month

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – You don’t need superpowers to be a hero when it comes to stroke, you just need to pay attention to the risk factors and know the warning signs.

“Stroke is largely preventable and treatable,” said Mary Ann Bauman, M.D., chair of the American Stroke Association Advisory Committee. “The best way to beat a stroke is to never have one – about 80 percent of strokes are preventable. The second best way to beat a stroke is to identify one immediately when it occurs and call 911.”

For American Stroke Month this May, the American Stroke Association’s Together to End Stroke™ initiative, nationally sponsored by Medtronic, offers five things everyone should know to be a Stroke Hero.

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American Stroke Association reports Rapid symptom improvement may not indicate better stroke recovery

 

American Stroke Association Meeting Report

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationLos Angeles, CA – Stroke patients whose symptoms quickly improved before hospital arrival did not always have better recoveries than other patients, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

“Patients with very early rapid neurological improvement when first examined at the hospital still need to be considered for therapy to dissolve blood clots, given the high rate of unfavorable outcome,” said Clotilde Balucani, M.D., Ph.D., lead author and research assistant professor in neurology at The State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.

Doctors may consider administering clot-busting therapy to those patients whose stroke symptoms rapidly improved before hospital arrival. (American Heart Association)

Doctors may consider administering clot-busting therapy to those patients whose stroke symptoms rapidly improved before hospital arrival. (American Heart Association)

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American Heart Association reports Most Americans don’t know common stroke signs, but an app can help

 

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – If you’re like most Americans, you don’t know the signs of stroke.

Only 8 percent of those recently surveyed in the American Stroke Association/Ad Council Stroke Awareness Continuous Tracking Study could identify each letter in F.A.S.T., an acronym of the most common stroke warning signs.

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American Heart Association says Women face higher Stroke Rates than Men

 

Supermodel Claudia Mason survived stroke, now helping to raise awareness of signs of stroke for World Stroke Day, October 29th

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Supermodel and actress Claudia Mason is helping the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association raise awareness for the world’s second-leading cause of death on World Stroke Day, October 29th.

Like many Americans, Mason didn’t have stroke on her radar until she suffered one at the age of 40.

Supermodel Claudia Mason. (American Heart Association)

Supermodel Claudia Mason. (American Heart Association)

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Heatstroke or stroke? American Heart Association says you should Learn the signs of each

 

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – As the mercury soars and cool water and shade becomes more precious than gold, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association asks consumers to learn the signs of heatstroke, which differ from the signs of stroke.

“While heatstroke contains the word stroke and both are potentially life-threatening medical emergencies, stroke and heatstroke are not the same condition,” said Rani Whitfield, M.D., family practitioner and American Stroke Association spokesperson. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Stroke Association reports awareness, response key for Stroke in Children

 

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationSan Diego, CA – Parents and healthcare professionals must be aware that children can have strokes and be prepared to respond to symptoms, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014.

As in adults, warning signs of stroke in children are: sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg; sudden difficulty in speaking; sudden problems in seeing; sudden difficulty walking; dizziness; or sudden onset of headache.

Think FAST

Think FAST

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One in six people worldwide will have a stroke in their lifetime; World Stroke Day is October 29th

 

According to a new survey, people more likely to witness a stroke might not know how to identify one; free app helps people Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.

American Heart AssociationNashville, TN – 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 knew to call 9-1-1,” Wall said. “I know stroke is something that can happen to anyone at any time and if it does, you have to act quickly. The longer you wait, the worse it can be.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Greater Nashville Heart Walk to impact Heart Health on October 12th

 

American Heart Association - Heart WalkNashville, TN – Someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds. Someone has a stroke every 40 seconds. Heart disease and stroke make a huge impact on the health of Middle Tennessee – but the upcoming Heart Walk aims to make an even bigger impact by fighting back against the no. 1 and no. 4 killers of Americans.

The American Heart Association’s Greater Nashville Heart Walk will bring together more than 12,000 walkers at Vanderbilt University on Saturday, October 12th, 2013, in one of the largest non-competitive walks in all of Tennessee. The event is free and open to all, but fundraising and donations are encouraged.

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