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July 3, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Military Man Celebrates Independence…from Stroke

By Cynthia Nelson Weiss Cynthia Nelson Weiss (@cynthia nelson)

At 23, Sean Bretz was the picture of health. As a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, you’d expect nothing less. But then last June 5, the machinery technician woke up with what he described as “an excruciating headache.” Attributing it to a  late night out with friends, Bretz didn’t think much of […]

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Tags: 2301. 5292, 3014, 4th, 5334, Aneurysm, Captain Andy Blomme, Coast Guard, Coastie, Florida, Fourth of July, headache, Independence Day


June 7, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Stroke Treatments Then and Now

By Susana Shephard Susana Shephard (@susanashephard)

by Raquel Rivas It was 1979 when at 76, my grandmother suffered a stroke. Thirty-three years ago there was little people could do but deal with a stroke and its after effects. My grandmother thankfully regained her speech but she went through months of physical therapy and only regained a bit of mobility on the […]

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Tags: Jacksonville, Mayo Clinic, Rahib Tawk, stroke, stroke treatment


May 17, 2012 · Leave a Comment

After My Uncle Had a Stroke

By SMHNadmin SMHNadmin (@mayoclinic)

As a recent graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in public relations, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to become an intern in the Public Affairs department at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. Given its reputation for providing first-class patient care while pioneering research and education, I was excited to volunteer with […]

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Tags: MayoClinicFL, nutrition, stroke


April 23, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Clot-Busting Drug Study Aims to Help Stroke Patients With no Options

By Stacy Theobald Stacy Theobald (@stacytheobald)

Coughing. That is the sound that awoke Jennifer McDougal on the morning on Dec. 28, 2010. Her husband, Rodney, was in the bathroom preparing for work, and coughing. Suddenly, he collapsed. Rodney, then 42, had a history of hypertension, so Jennifer immediately took his blood pressure. It measured 230/100 — dangerously high. “I didn’t know […]

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Tags: 2301, 4226, 5252, 5292, 5335, Dr. William Freeman, Rodney McDougal, stroke


March 8, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Seeing the Light Helps Parkinsonism Patient Walk

By Stacy Theobald Stacy Theobald (@stacytheobald)

It began with a headache in 2007. That was followed by weakness on his left side, a slight slurring of his speech and tremors. Doctors thought Wayne Puckett, then 42 and a father of five, had suffered a stroke. But over the next two years, the headaches persisted. Complicated migraine was the new diagnosis. But […]

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Tags: 2983, 5292, 5334, Parkinson's Disease, Parkinsonism, stroke, Wayne Puckett


February 28, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Mark McNeary: “A miracle of a different sort”

By Susana Shephard Susana Shephard (@susanashephard)

For Mark McNeary, a retired music industry executive, his miracle story began shortly after finishing Saturday morning chores at his ranch in Kingman, Ariz. Sudden, searing head pain and throat problems made it clear that he needed immediate medical attention. His wife, Julie, drove him 30 miles to the nearest emergency room at Kingman Regional […]

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Tags: 2301, 5292, 5333, Arizona, Bert Vargas, Mayo Clinic, stroke, telemedicine, Telestroke


December 5, 2011 · Leave a Comment

Before and After Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD) Diagnosis

By MakalaArce MakalaArce (@MakalaArce)

Kari Ulrich, a patient with Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD), shares her story of struggles before and after being diagnosed with FMD in 2007.

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Tags: 5252, coronary artery dissection, Fibromuscular Dysplasia, Heart, Mayo Clinic, Patient Story, stroke


July 9, 2010 · Leave a Comment

Modifying your stroke risk

By Cynthia Nelson Weiss Cynthia Nelson Weiss (@cynthia nelson)

As a nurse who works with stroke patients and their families on a regular basis, I am amazed by the control we can have over our bodies, despite their complexity.

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Tags: exercise, nutrition, smoking cessation, stroke, stroke patients, stroke team


December 17, 2009 · Leave a Comment

Happy Holidays, Happy Heart

By Cynthia Nelson Weiss Cynthia Nelson Weiss (@cynthia nelson)

Ah, the holidays a time when most people have added chaos in their lives. Between stressing over finances and the best gifts to buy, fighting traffic at the mall and packing the calendar with parties, it can be the complete opposite of comfort and joy. As a result, the holidays can take a toll on health problems, […]

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Tags: alcohol, Heart & Heart Surgery, heart attack, holiday, stroke


September 16, 2009 · Leave a Comment

Garrison Keillor’s “Brush with Mortality”

By Lee Aase Lee Aase (@LeeAase)

Syndicated columnist and radio host Garrison Keillor shares his story of a recent stroke in his Chicago Tribune column, published today: The doctor who saw me in the ER wrote in her report: “nice 67 y.o. male, flat affect, awake, alert and appropriate.” I had appeared with slurred speech and a balloon in my head, […]

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Tags: 2301, 5292, 5335, Chicago Tribune, Garrison Keilor, Mayo Clinic, Neurology & Neurosurgery, stroke


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