Sometimes the first symptom of atrial fibrillation is a stroke. AF can turn the heart into a clot factory. As such, it is a leading cause of strokes. We talked about the diagnosis and treatment of AF with cardiologist Mark Estes, professor of medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and director of the New England Arrhythmia Center in Boston. Early diagnosis and proper treatment with blood thinners lowers stroke risk. We cover the CHADS2 diagnostic tool and treatment options warfarin and the new blood thinner dabigatran as well as radio frequency ablation. Cover package includes sidebars “What is AF?” and “Risk Factors for AF.” We also interviewed survivor Diane Bingham of Pottstown, Pa. about her experience with AF. She found out she had AF after she’d had an embolic stroke.
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Post-stroke physical activity can be challenging for survivors with mobility problems. However, it is critical that survivors stay as active as possible to maintain their physical stamina and quality of life. Physical therapist Genevieve Pinto Zipp outlines exercises survivors can do either sitting or standing. They can even be done watching TV!
Dr. Sheila Pratt, a professor in the Department of Communication Science & Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh, explains how hearing loss can compromise quality of care and aggravate the symptoms of aphasia. She recommends older survivors be tested routinely, especially if they have communication difficulties. Includes ten tips for improving communication with survivors whose hearing is impaired.
Life at the Curb
Comedian John Kawie’s unique perspective on survival. This month in “Time Is on My Side” John recounts a last-minute travel change
Stroke Notes features ‘newsy’ stroke-related information on stroke research, risk reduction, ASA events, advocacy efforts, etc.
Readers Room features personal stories, letters, poems and artwork from stroke survivors and family caregivers.
Everyday Survival outlines an important dietary distinction, the difference between energy dense foods and nutritionally dense ones. Energy density usually means high calories and little nutritional value. We explain how to shop for nutrient dense food as well as provide a helpful chart comparing common fare. We also furnish a sidebar explaining the difference between Vitamin K and potassium, an important distinction for anyone taking warfarin.