Stroke Rehabilitation Therapy Paired with Vagus Nerve Stimulation Looks Promising for Recovering Arm Function in Small Stroke Recovery Pilot


As originally published in  27 Sep 2018 issue of Stroke.   Vagus Nerve Stimulation Paired With Upper Limb Rehabilitation After Chronic Stroke- A Blined Randomized Pilot Study STROKEAHA.118.022279 A new pilot study found that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), in addition to regular rehabilitation therapy, can double the rate of recovery for stroke patients. Important Safety Note:  Implanting a …

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Get Moving!


Latest Research Reveals: Exercise is Key!   Want to add a few years?  Not just to live longer and improve your lifespan, but to increase your healthspan.  [ Definition: healthspan –the period of a person’s life during which they are generally healthy and free from serious or chronic illness.]  Solution: Get moving!!  Study after study reveals …

Another PFO trial shows evidence of better outcomes for stroke patients following PFO closure


The findings support results of several trials and suggest that patients with a higher-risk #PFO are likely to benefit from a pfo closure device. According to findings presented at the 67th American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session,  patients who received a medical device to close a patent foramen ovale (PFO) after a stroke fared better …

Stroke and Young Adult (SAYA) Program at Tufts Medical Center


Help needed to learn more about stroke and young adults. Can you share your story? post by David Dansereau,MSPT Know-Stroke.org A stroke is devastating at any age.  When you are forced to deal with a stroke at a young age, there are many additional challenges during your recovery.  From getting back your independence, restoring your identity and …

King Wilder, 57, never knew he had a hole in his heart until he had a stroke


Listen to this 911 call and share Mr. Wilder's  chilling experience of what it feels like to be having a stroke and not be able to communicate.  It was later determined that the cause of his stroke was probably caused from a PFO (patent foramen ovale), or hole in his heart.   As shared by …

Canadian Stroke Survivors Weigh In


Stroke Survivors Bring Great Benefit to Shaping Research Surviving a stroke is a really confusing experience (to say the least), and unless you have lived through it you can't really understand the complexity of the situation you are faced with.  When I read about great work that is being done to give stroke survivors a better …

Catechins in green tea reduce stroke risk


Nutrition and Stroke Prevention Making small but positive lifestyle changes such as adding green tea to your daily diet can lower the risk of stroke by as much as 30 percent.  This is not new research but small changes like this often go ignored and they can have a significant impact on your health.  Researchers …