A surprising 75 percent of Young Americans under age 45 STILL do not know the signs and symptoms of stroke!

Young Bright Minds at Risk

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To make matter worse, many of the participants in a recent survey on stroke warning signs admit they would likely wait out the symptoms — weakness, numbness, difficulty seeing or difficulty seeing — of a potentially deadly brain episode to see if things got better on their own.  This “wait and see” approach could be a tragic mistake, because stroke can often be successfully treated if it is caught early.

The first three hours after a person starts to experience stroke symptoms are often referred to as the “golden window,” when doctors can often minimize or reverse damage by restoring blood flow to the brain. Without treatment most will end up dying or with permanent disability.

stroke911knowstrokeorgThe stroke survey was commissioned by the Ronald Reagan- University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center.  That national survey included responses from 1,009 people, 466 of whom were under 45. Without understanding the danger of the symptoms, the vast majority of those younger people surveyed, 74 percent, say that they wouldn’t seek immediate help.

Dr. David Liebeskind, a professor of neurology and director of the neurovascular imaging research core at UCLA is not surprised by the statistics. “They are in line with what we’ve been seeing,” Liebeskind says. Many younger people dismiss telling symptoms because they think that stokes only occur in the elderly. While they may be more common as people age, “we see them at any age from birth till 105,” Liebeskind says.

Making matter worse, studies have suggested that strokes among people under 45 have increased by as much as 53 percent since the 1990s.

A surprising 75 percent of Americans under age 45 do not know the signs and symptoms of stroke. Even more disturbing, many say they would likely wait out the symptoms — weakness, numbness, difficulty seeing or difficulty seeing — of a potentially deadly brain episode.  Denial is partly why young people don’t seek immediate treatment. Strokes often don’t “Hurt” like a broken arm or heart attack where people need to get help right away.  Symptoms of stroke can be misinterpreted as a headache from stress, a hangover from too much drinking or lack of sleep- therefore sometimes young stroke victims make the mistake of just trying to sleep it off.

And that could be a tragic mistake, because stroke can often be successfully treated if it is caught early.

The first three hours after a person starts to experience stroke symptoms are often referred to as the “golden window,” when doctors can often minimize or reverse damage by restoring blood flow to the brain. Without treatment most will end up dying or with permanent disability.

What you should do:

Know the Stroke Warning Signs. Act in time. Call 911

Here are some STROKE warning signs to look for:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech.
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

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NEVER “too young” to think about Stroke

Another young bright mind, Isaac Webber, is dismissed initially as being “too young” to have a stroke

Here’s why we all might want to do a better job recognizing the stroke warning signs….at any age!

Just posted this article on my Know Stroke site-Please Read and SHARE!


Home Stroke Rehab Tip from my Smart Moves Webinar

Home Stroke Rehab Tip for Balance Training


How to Restore Balance and Set Smart Goals After a Stroke Webinar

This quick stroke recovery tip is from the stroke rehab tools and tricks section of my recent home stroke recovery webinar.  This quick video shows how to use an alternate and affordable safe harness system at home for balance retraining and strengthening for under $15 to help with your home stroke rehab exercises.  Join the webinar rebroadcast at http://www.know-stroke.org and sign up for this educational webinar from my Smart Moves Webinar series.  

Note: At the end of the month this rebroadcast will go into my members area and the replay registration will be removed.  Register and watch the rebroadcast to help jump start your home stroke recovery!


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New Stroke Recovery Book Release: The Luckiest Girl in the World

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Order Jamie’s Book now on Amazon:
The Luckiest Girl in the World: 
My Story of Struggle and Hope in Overcoming Pediatric Stroke
Released on Paperback – November 6, 2014
by Jamie Lee Coyle and Paul Lonardo

Jamie Coyle: The Luckiest Girl in the World

“Growing up, everyone would always say how lucky I was, but at the time I was not sure what they meant. I was just doing what I always loved; skating and playing ice hockey. Everything seemed to go my way, from winning virtually every raffle I entered to scoring the game-winning goal whenever my team needed it. As I got a little older, I could feel these things before they happened, as if I knew that I was going to catch the corner of the net to get the puck past the goalie as time expired. I felt like the luckiest girl in the world. Becoming an Olympian was something I thought about as far back as I could remember. By the time I was twelve, I was well on my way to living my dream. Then, on August 9, 2008 I suffered a stroke during a hockey game. No one suspected that such a thing could happen to a twelve-year old, but as the reality of pediatric stroke turned my dream into a nightmare, the journey back to skating and playing hockey again showed me just how much I could accomplish with the love and support of my family and people all around me who cared. And I came to realize that I truly was the luckiest girl in the world.”- Jamie Coyle

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Here’s “WHY” you need to ask the right stroke recovery questions

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Stroke Recovery Webinar Feedback

Thanks to everyone that attended the webinar and thank you in advance for those that have already registered for a seat to attend the next broadcast.


I’ve been going through some of the questions and comments from yesterday’s stroke recovery webinar and both Peter C. and Jenn H. gave similar feedback on how the Smart Moves Goal Setting worksheet helped them connect with their “WHY”. I am glad this was helpful and just wanted to give a little background here “why” I created it for patients to get clear on their goals.

As a physical therapist, one of my most important goals is to motivate the patient, learn what the patient’s true goals are for recovery, and find out what motivated them to action prior to their stroke. In addition, I try to educate at every stage of recovery and update the patient’s home therapy program continuously to keep the stroke recovery plan interesting, challenging and purposeful and that is where it is important to know the patient’s true “WHY”.

Speaking from personal experience during my own stroke recovery, the key to achieving the best possible outcome is teaching your patient along the way the value of hard work, and never giving up but also making that hard work connect with their “WHY”. It is, in the end, your decision if “good enough” is indeed good enough and as I said on the webinar “You Quit, You Lose”. I shared this advice on the webinar, this was one of my dad’s favorite lines I remembered from childhood, but it resonated well with me during my recovery.

Dawn M. asked “What is the best way to regain proper arm and leg movements?”

Good question Dawn. As I mentioned on the webinar, there is no ONE best roadmap to recovery. There are lots of maps that can be followed, and you may need to follow more than one until you find what works best for you. I mentioned my PTCMAP on the webinar because I find it is effective at getting patients to write down their goals and start to think about their recovery using a checkbook of sorts to get a starting point when restoring overall health balance. I’ve also had good outcomes with patients using BWSTT (body weight supported treadmill training) as well as FES (functional electric stim) for both the lower and upper extremities. I provided a resource page for download on Goal Setting that also has links to articles I’ve written over the years on stroke recovery. Refer to the article I wrote for Advance for PT called Simple Steps where I talk about some of these technologies in more detail. Here’s the link


Finally, I’ll be gathering more questions and putting more resources together for you to help answer your questions. Keep them coming!


David Dansereau,MSPT


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David Dansereau at Know-Stroke.org


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How to restore Balance and Set Smart Goals After a Stroke

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What You’ll learn on this Webinar:

  • Practical examples on why most rehab goals fail and how to overcome this barrier. How to Measure Your Progress and Build Your Personalized Program to reach Your Goals
  • Learn how to identify both low tech and high tech gadgets and use them to target your weaknesses and build a functional rehab plan.
  • How to Boost Your Nutrition IQ and Balance Your Energy-The Key to Optimizing Your Recovery. Nutrition is probably the most neglected component of recovery yet it is vital to optimal healing, especially when a stroke has damaged part of your brain.
  • Learn why I now advocate for early kids stroke education and awareness and how I started a public campaign called Bright Minds Kids to make a difference. 






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  1. Smart Moves PDF- You’ll Get the Webinar Action Guide as soon as You Register to Help You Get Started with Goal Setting
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  3. Smart Moves PDF- What to Eat to Fuel Your Stroke Recovery
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