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National Stroke Association

November 2017


A Safe, Painless Test Saves and Extends a Life After Stroke

A missed step, a slurred sentence, feeling a little dizzy … the innocent start of a complex life-threatening condition that can strike at any moment and begins with a trip to the Emergency Room.

A loved one is now in the hands of the medical professionals. A few diagnostic tests later and the news is what we feared.  A Stroke! The good news is that developments in technology are making treatment and post stroke care safer and available to more patients—extending and improving life after stroke.

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National Stroke Association provides educational information about treatments for post-stroke issues through real-life stories. Promotion of these stories does not imply endorsement of any product or service and it is recommended that patients ask a healthcare professional before using any product, medicine, or therapy.




And the Winners Are...

We’re pleased to announce the winners of our RAISE (Raising Awareness in Stroke Excellence) Awards—a national program that recognizes individuals and groups for taking stroke awareness to new heights.

Here are the 2017 winners:

Most Creative: Mitzi Beckett, BSN, RN, SCRN, Stroke Program Coordinator for Cabell Huntington Hospital in West Virginia
Most Impactful: The Society of Neurointerventional Surgery, a nationwide organization based in Fairfax, Va.
Outstanding Fundraiseing Effort: Trista McClarnon, organizer of the Comeback Trail 5K walk/fun run in Nashville
Outstanding Group: Good Shepard Rehabilitation Stroke Team in Allentown, Pa.
Outstanding Individual: Howard Yonas, MD, Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of New Mexico
Outstanding Stroke Survivor: Bob Newbold of Connecticut
Outstanding Support Group: The Backstrokes Community Music Group of Portland, Ore.
Voter's Choice:The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Center for Distant Health, AR SAVES

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Understand Stroke

Technology Month

Technology plays a critical role in stroke prevention and detection, as well as rehabilitation and stroke recovery. Visit our website to find resources, videos and information on sources for funding technology. 

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We Can Help

LEAP Into Learning

LEAP (Lifelong Education and Advocacy Program) was designed by healthcare professionals for healthcare professionals and support-group leaders who want to educate stroke survivors and caregivers on numerous aspects of stroke.

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Faces of Stroke

‘Proud to Say I am a Stroke Survivor’

Monika was an athlete—three weeks away from participating in a half-Ironman Triathlon. But at 39, she experienced an ischemic stroke. She says it’s fortunate that a friend recognized the FAST signs of stroke. “I had a lot of spirit to overcome then and I will continue to be strong through the hurdles this stroke recovery brings,” she says.

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