Interesting New Research on the Cerebellum


The cerebellum is the area at the back and bottom of the brain behind the brainstem (and shown in purple in the photo below). The cerebellum has several functions relating to movement and coordination, including maintaining balance and rhythm timing, coordinating movement (including eye movement), and motor learning of new tasks.  The cerebellum has also …

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Stroke Resources: My articles archived from Stroke Smart Magazine


Over the years I've written articles on stroke recovery, goal setting, rehabilitation, prevention, and stroke awareness.  Some of those articles were written for Stroke Smart Magazine.     Here's My Article on Setting Smart Goals after a Stroke featured in Stroke Smart Magazine's Ask the Expert Column: https://t.co/QPtPM23U6Z — David Dansereau MSPT (@PTcoach) October 17, …

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 …

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 …