SCM May/June 2004

Updated:Dec 21,2012

Stroke Connection Magazine - May Jun 2004Why Not Comply
- A recent study from the World Health Organization found that half of all prescriptions are taken incorrectly or not at all. This month’s feature story investigates the internal and external barriers to compliance, and experts offer strategies for compliance success: Thomas R. Swift, M.D., from the Medical College of Georgia in Atlanta; Dr. Judith Bernardi, Ph.D., a licensed social worker of Silver Spring, Md.; Dr. Barry Jacobs of Swarthmore, Pa.; and Dr. James Rybacki, a clinical pharmacist and author of The Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs 2004. Bernadette Manion, a family caregiver of Los Angeles, Calif., explains the consequences of not following doctors' orders, while Bob and Pat Woods of Titusville, Fla., show how they have successfully made taking high blood pressure medication a part of their lives.

Other articles include:

Finding the Fire Within - After surviving a stroke at age 31, Valerie Greene of Winter Park, Fla. embarked on a self-proclaimed survivor's mission to educate people about stroke and help other stroke survivors. Recently, she was the top fund-raiser in the country for the American Stroke Association's Train To End Stroke, a marathon program that raises funds for stroke research.

Talking Tough? - Angela Hein Ciccia, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, and Jamie Harding, M.A., CCC-SLP, members of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, gives tips for socializing for people with aphasia.

The Long Road Home - Survivor Judy Saca-Diaz of  Edinburg, Texas, tells a moving story of family support in overcoming stroke in two generations. From her own stroke at age 21 to her mother’s stroke in old age, Judy shares the triumph of a family over traumatic circumstances.

The Power of Community - When you’re new in town, with no family around, and you have two strokes in six months, you need help from somebody. Chuck Couchman of Pueblo, Colo., found it by creating a stroke support group.


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:

  • Further Reports of Clopidogrel-Aspirin Research
  • Progress on the STOP Stroke Act
  • New stroke statistics
  • Women have higher lifetime stroke risk
  • Three relatively simple medical tests take four minutes and cost only $20 to assess risk of stroke in the elderly.
  • According to a small study, pure oxygen administered within 12 hours of stroke onset is safe and staves off the death of brain tissue.

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:

  • Tips for Being a Better Patient - Helpful Information on how to comply from The Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs 2004 by Dr. James Rybacki.
  • Dealing with Dysphagia - A Survival Guide - Tips to promote safe swallowing