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June 30, 2016

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

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

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 26, 2016

Former Airman, Stroke Survivor Tells of Life Punctuated by Commas

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

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 23, 2016

Celebrating 40 Twice as Nice After Recovery From Surprising Stroke

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

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 19, 2016

Teacher Smelling the Roses Again Thanks to Minimally Invasive Heart Procedures

By SharingMayoClinic 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 15, 2016

Stroke at 36 Comes as Shock, Reveals Deeper Issues

By SharingMayoClinic SharingMayoClinic (@SharingMayoClinic)

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 11, 2015

Brain Hemorrhage Can’t Keep Cyclist From Pedaling On

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia 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 4, 2015

Young Stroke Survivor Raises Awareness and Educates

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia 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


May 16, 2014

#StrokeMonth: From Victim to Therapist

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

It’s been almost three years since Sean Bretz collapsed. Unbeknownst to the then 23-year-old U.S. Coast Guardsman, a giant aneurysm had burst in his brain, causing a massive stroke. “His prognosis was grim,” neurosurgeon Rabih Tawk, M.D., recalls. “We used every technology available to help him.” Despite complications and issues, which required him to be induced into […]

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Tags: Aneurysm, bretz, Dr. Rabih Tawk, Rehabilitation, Sean Bretz, stroke, stroke center, therapy


May 9, 2014

#StrokeMonth: It’s a Numbers Game

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

Written by Lesia Mooney, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Mayo Clinic’s Advanced Primary Stroke Center in Florida. 795,000. That’s the number of people annually in the United States who have a stroke. 130,000. That’s the number of Americans who die each year due to stroke.  $36.5 billion. That’s the cost of stroke annually, which includes the cost of health care […]

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Tags: American Stroke Association, High Blood Pressure, high cholesterol, Lesia Mooney, MayoClinicFL, stroke, stroke center, strokemonth


May 2, 2014

#StrokeMonth: TIAs – The Warnings Most Ignore

By Cynthia Weiss Cynthia Weiss (@cindyweiss)

Many people experience a warning prior to a stroke. But often it goes unnoticed, especially when you’re young and otherwise healthy, like Lorena Rivera, 44. A nurse educator at Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus, Rivera was the picture of good health. She didn’t drink or smoke, had good blood pressure, and ate a healthful diet. She […]

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Tags: American Stroke Association, David Miller, Kevin Barrett, Lorena Rivera, MayoClinicFL, power to end stroke, stroke, strokemonth, TIA, transient ischemic attack


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