SCM May/June 2005

Updated:Dec 21,2012

Stroke Connection Magazine - May Jun 2005Stroke in African Americans: Living with twice the risk

Survivor Ron Thomas, who lives in the "Stroke Belt," tells his story of risk and recovery. In addition, two other survivors, Louise Strozier and Trecolia Bussey, are profiled. African Americans are at a higher risk of stroke, and those who live in the Southeast region of the U.S. are living in what is known as the "Stroke Belt." Their stories are both moving and informative.

Computers & Language Rehab
From assisting in speech therapy to actually speaking for survivors, computer technology is adding a new dimension to stroke recovery.

Striving May Be Required
Some people might call it determination. We don't think there's a word for Shelley Cushing's will. The story of one young woman's stroke experience, including her harrowing tale of survival and difficult journey through recovery.

Eliminating Fear, Eliminating Risk
After her father's stroke, Penelope Lee of Fort Washington, Maryland, was afraid for him and for herself.

Advances in Prehospital Care
As recently as the 1980s, stroke was not considered an emergency by EMS. TPA changed all that. Now the message to both paramedics and the public is "time lost is brain lost."

Accepting Two Lives
How a hole in his finger and a trip to the Grand Canyon helped survivor Mike Rampa accept the loss of his athletic ability.


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 education, ASA events, advocacy efforts, etc. In this issue:

  • Ignore Daily Aspirin, Triple Your Stroke Risk — Ischemic stroke survivors who stopped taking their daily prescribed aspirin tripled their risk of having another stroke within the month, according to a study presented at the American Stroke Association's 30th International Stroke Conference.
  • Electrical Stimulation Holds Rehab Benefits — A preliminary study pointed to the possibility that electrically stimulating part of the brain's surface layer aids recovery of arm and hand function after an ischemic stroke, according to researchers.
  • Exercise Lowers BP for Survivors — Resistance exercise training (RET), consisting of recumbent stepping, stretching and repetitions of basic resistance exercises, significantly reduced blood pressure measurements for 11 moderately impaired stroke survivors.
  • After Stroke, Visual Therapy Can Restore Some Vision — Visual Restoration Therapy (VRT) can help patients regain some vision after losing it during a stroke, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's 30th International Stroke Conference.

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:

  • ASA/AHA Resources — Whether you've already experienced a stroke, or are doing all you can to reduce your risk, the American Stroke Association and American Heart Association have the resources you need to support you.