First AHA/ASA Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation Guidelines


On May 4th in their publication Stroke,  the The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) for the first time issued guidelines on stroke rehabilitation and recovery.  This scientific statement on rehabilitation is the 8th set of stroke guidelines from the American Stroke Association, and these guidelines focusing on recovery are the last of the association's recommendations for …

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Stroke Education Website gets New Look


The National Stroke Association recently announced it now has a redesigned  website at www.stroke.org. If you get a moment check out their brand-new stroke education site and watch the video recorded by their CEO, Jim Baranski announcing the website unveiling. I find the new website much more accessible, and there are some new ways you can get involved …

Exercise Guidelines for PFO Patients Needed


The PFO Research Foundation recently met in Washington, DC for its first PFO Summit.  I attended the event and was hoping for both practical and selfish reasons to get some clarity on exercise guidelines from some of the world’s top authorities on PFO.  Instead, what I learned in one of the breakout sessions aimed at …

Stroke Recovery Training Takes Time (and Hard Work!)


This challenging full body lunge exercise provides great balance and coordination retraining follow a stroke Post by David Dansereau for Know-Stroke.org This is one exercise I sometimes  still visualize in my sleep and continue to work on to improve my balance post  stroke.  I've since been able to give it a boost by trying it …

Lower Body Conditioning after a Stroke: It’s Still Your Job


By David Dansereau for Stroke Smart Magazine Stroke rehabilitation therapies and modalities for lower-extremity training have indeed advanced in recent years with improved technology. Many of these advances are being driven by what researchers are learning about brain recovery and neuroplasticity. Physical therapists that embrace this concept for stroke recovery now develop rehabilitation protocols and …