Bruschi “Factor” could have Legendary Impact on Kids Stroke Awareness


“What impressed me the most about this story was what the students did on their own to help spread stroke awareness.” -David Dansereau for Know-Stroke.org It was argued recently on New England Sports Network (NESN.com) which sports figure in New England is the greatest.  With names like Bird, Orr, Williams, Bourque, Russell, Yaz and Brady […]

Does Stroke Awareness need a Better Color or a Better Sponsor??


October just wrapped up Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and you could easily find its signature pink color practically everywhere you turned.  Here’s only a few examples of where I spotted the pink ribbons and the pink theme this past month.  Cereal boxes, soup, popcorn and probably a dozen other items I could list if I […]

Know Your Number !!


Recent reports show one in five Americans do not know their blood pressure number.  High blood pressure (hypertension) is a major modifiable risk factor to reduce the risk of stroke , heart attack , kidney disease and heart failure  ( and death). Quick Stats: High blood pressure, or hypertension, in the United States has increased […]

Do Politicians in Cumberland RI Know Stroke Warning Signs?


I certainly hope so and perhaps they will include the stroke warning signs in their political profiling and typical canned candidate sound bites * in the Valley Breeze because the importance of knowing the stroke warning signs have apparently taken a back seat to politics, at least for “one more week”. Here’s what Tom Ward, […]

New AHA/ASA Recurrent Stroke Prevention Guidelines Released


The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association published updated guidelines for recurrent stroke prevention online Oct. 21,2010 in the journal Stroke.  The last update to the AHA/ASA was in 2006, but results from several studies testing different interventions contributed to the need for the new report.  “We need to reevaluate the science every few […]

Will VH1 show Bret Michaels’ PFO Closure?


According to About.com’s surgery blog Bret Michael’s is scheduled to undergo PFO closure in January.  In this quick poll, I’d like to know how you think VH1 and Bret Michael’s new show Life As I Know It will address the controversial medical topic of PFO closure. Should VH1 show Bret’s PFO surgery and discuss the […]

FDA withdraws Meridia for increased Heart and Stroke Risk


Meridia (sibutramine): FDA Mandates Withdrawal Due to Risk of Serious Cardiovascular Events including heart attack and increased risk of stroke Source: fda.gov AUDIENCE: Primary Care, Consumers ISSUE: Abbott Laboratories and FDA notified healthcare professionals and patients about the voluntary withdraw of Meridia (sibutramine), an obesity drug, from the U.S. market because of clinical trial data […]

Time is Brain (and we still need to know more about PFO and Stroke…)


As you might be aware May is Stroke Awareness Month. I hope that you take some time this month to review and advance your knowledge on stroke!  To keep up to date, I just finished viewing a replay on the Rhode Island Hospital (Providence) website where they created a stroke e-presentation for the EMS Community featuring Dr. […]

Dr. Oz’s Brain-Boosting Smoothie | The Dr. Oz Show


In my last post I had asked if you could spare  a moment to give me your 2 cents on how you are keeping your blood thin after your stroke, PFO closure or in general for brain and heart health / stroke prevention.  While I should have this article  ready for you early next week […]