SCM January/February 2005

Updated:May 31,2013

Stroke Connection Magazine - Jan Feb 2005When Risk Factors Unite

Heart disease is a definite risk factor for stroke, especially ischemic stroke. As many as a fifth of all strokes occur in people who have already developed heart disease. This feature highlights the different types of heart disease and how they can produce strokes in different ways. 

Behavior Changes After Stroke
Many survivors and caregivers are faced with the aftereffects of cognitive and personality changes due to stroke.  This article highlights depression, apathy, one-side neglect and how caregivers can help with inappropriate behavior.

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After the Stroke, Behind the Wheel
A stroke can impact the areas of your brain that control the abilities necessary for driving, from perception and decision-making to reflexes and motor control.  SCM offers information and tips on how to deal with driving after stroke.

Survivors Do Amazing Things
Survivors John Fuller and Fred Hart share their inspirational stories on how their participation in triathlons has been an incentive to push the envelope in their recovery.

Granddad Was Right
Survivor Dan Pedigo shares his personal stroke story and how he used humor to get through some of the most difficult times.

Clarifying Dysphagia
In response to SCM's May/June 2004 EDS story on dysphagia, we interviewed Speech Language Pathologist Nancy Swigert in an effort to clarify some questions about dysphagia and stroke.


Letters to the Editor features correspondence from readers about the magazine's editorial content. 

Stroke Notes features "newsy" stroke-related information on stroke research, risk reduction, ASA events, advocacy efforts, etc. In this issue:

  • 65 Million Adults Have HBP —  The number of adults in the United States with high blood pressure increased 30 percent over the last decade, according to a study published in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association.
  • Uncontrolled CVD Risk Factors Cost Billions The American Heart Association estimates that direct and indirect costs of stroke add up to $53.6 billion in 2004, according to research published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. 
  • Independent Review Reaffirms Benefit of tPA  — An independent review of a 1995 landmark clinical trial has validated the benefit of tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) for ischemic stroke, when given within three hours of symptom onset.
  • Stroke Research Under-Funded in Europe Even though stroke is the second-leading cause of death worldwide, funding for stroke research lags far behind funding for other major causes of death in Europe, according to a study in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Readers Room features personal stories, letters, poems and artwork from stroke survivors and family caregivers. 

Everyday Survival features helpful tips for activities of daily living and resources.  In this issue:

  • Nourishing Good Eating Habits  —  For many stroke survivors, loss of appetite is a common problem. Even when appetite isn't affected, other challenges can make getting the proper nutrition seem like a chore. But a healthy diet is an important part of recovery, and it helps reduce the risk of another stroke.