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February 10th, 2017

Playing Piano Again After Stroke Is Music to Judith Johnson’s Ears

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In October 2016, Judith Johnson, Ph.D. — who is retired from the library at Florida State College at Jacksonville — was at home recovering from back surgery. While she was sitting in bed talking on the phone with a friend, something suddenly went wrong. Judith felt herself sliding in between the bed and the nightstand. […]

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Tags: Comprehensive Stroke Center, Dr. Benjamin Brown, stroke


September 17th, 2016

Artist Back at the Drawing Board After A Stroke

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Shirley and Bob Gessner have weathered some tough times during their 56 years of marriage. But nothing could have prepared Shirley for the night of April 10, 2015, when she awoke at 3:30 a.m. to a thud — the sound of her husband falling out of bed. “I asked him what was the matter, but […]

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Tags: Atrial Fibrillation, Comprehensive Stroke Center, diabetes, Dr. David A. Miller, Florida Campus, stroke, Thrombectomy, tPA


September 9th, 2016

Why I Walk: Alexandra Abreu-Figueroa

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Editor’s note: In this article, Alexandra Abreu-Figueroa, an intern in Public Affairs at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus, shares her story and discusses why she participates in the First Coast Heart Walk, an annual event sponsored by Mayo Clinic. Growing up, I was always overweight. During my teenage years, in particular, I struggled — losing and gaining […]

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Tags: Cardiology, First Coast Heart Walk, Heart Disease, stroke


June 30th, 2016

Quick Access to Stroke Experts Through Telemedicine Makes All the Difference for George Hoggard

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George Hoggard knows a thing or two about the importance of a rapid response. A former firefighter, the 78-year-old Titusville, Florida, resident spent the better part of his 42-year career teaching astronauts at the Kennedy Space Center how to escape to safety in the event of an emergency on the launch pad. He also was […]

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Tags: Dr. David Barrett, Florida Campus, Mayo Clinic Care Network, stroke, Stroke Telemedicine


June 26th, 2016

Former Airman, Stroke Survivor Tells of Life Punctuated by Commas

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When stroke survivor R. Brady Johnson first visited Mayo Clinic nearly nine years ago, his doctors didn’t quite know what to make of him. Not only was his stroke, at age 31, unusual, but his post-stroke physicality surprised the team of neurologists he’d come to see. It had been just over a year since Brady, […]

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Tags: Cerebral Hemorrhage, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery, stroke


May 23rd, 2016

Celebrating 40 Twice as Nice After Recovery From Surprising Stroke

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It was the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and despite having house guests, Sherry Pinkstaff, Ph.D., awoke at 6 a.m., just as she did every day, and began planning her morning run. Sherry, then 39, ran daily. Exercise was important to her. After all, she’d made it her career. She was a professor of physical therapy at […]

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Tags: Cardiovascular Diseases, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Dr. Benjamin Brown, Florida Campus, Patent Foramen Ovale, Sherry Pinkstaff, stroke


May 19th, 2016

Teacher Smelling the Roses Again Thanks to Minimally Invasive Heart Procedures

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic

For years, Lucy Lorden suffered from an irregular heartbeat and shortness of breath. But one April morning in 2014, the Ormond Beach, Florida, elementary school teacher was barely able to walk from the parking lot to her classroom. Thinking she had pneumonia, Lucy, then 56, went to see her primary care doctor. “The doctor told […]

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Tags: Ablation, Atrial Fibrillation, Atrial Flutter, Florida Campus, irregular heartbeat, stroke


January 15th, 2016

Stroke at 36 Comes as Shock, Reveals Deeper Issues

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Scott Gunderson is a typical working father of three young children. His days typically are full of meetings, play dates, golf games and helping manage his busy family’s calendar. You likely wouldn’t guess that the 38-year-old from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, is a stroke survivor and heart valve patient.

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Tags: Eau Claire, Endocarditis, Mayo Clinic Health System, stroke


May 11th, 2015

Brain Hemorrhage Can’t Keep Cyclist From Pedaling On

By Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss cindyweiss

At age 42, Donnie DeWitt was the picture of health. A former Marine, he loved to run, surf and was an avid cyclist. But three years ago, while on a bike ride near his home in St. Augustine, Florida, Donnie collapsed. He’d suffered a massive brain hemorrhage that led to a stroke. He was brought […]

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Tags: brain hemorrhage, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Dr. Ronald Reimer, Florida Campus, stroke


May 4th, 2015

Young Stroke Survivor Raises Awareness and Educates

By Cynthia (Cindy) Weiss cindyweiss

Editor’s Note: This guest post is written by Amy Edmunds, founder of YoungStroke. In 2002, I was a daily commuter to Capitol Hill who worked in sales management. Never did I think I would someday return to testify as a patient advocate at Congressional hearings on behalf of young stroke survivors. But then again, never […]

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Tags: Comprehensive Stroke Center, Dr. David Miller, Florida Campus, stroke


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