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First Stroke Camp in Southern Arizona a Success

20160521_220609_resizedSouthern Arizona’s  inaugural Stroke Camp was a success!

Volunteers provided almost 40 stroke survivors, caregivers and volunteers a weekend to remember.  Campers were deeply enriched by sharing their stories with each other, by engaging in game-challenges and music therapy and education sessions, and by just being pampered with massages, golf cart rides…and much, much more.  One stroke survivor told me “I was expecting this weekend to be fun, but I had no idea I would come away feeling so rejuvenated and so hopeful; I think the volunteers made all the difference!”

Plans are already underway for Stroke Camp 2017.  We look forward to providing this valuable experience to an even greater number of stroke survivors and caregivers in our community.

Leslie Ritter
Chair, Board of Directors
Stroke Resource Center of Southern Arizona



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Mediterranean Diet and Incidence of Stroke

Over the next few weeks we’ll highlight research presented at the 2015 International Stroke Conference.

Mediterranean Diet and Incidence of Stroke in the California Teachers Study
Ayesha Z Sherzai, Columbia University, New York, NY

Learn more about the Mediterranean diet at the Mayo Clinic.

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Congratulations to Dr. Ritter!

leslieritter-1180x475On Feb. 7, Leslie S. Ritter, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor with the University of Arizona College of Nursing, was honored with the Mary Anne Fay Heart Health Advocate of the Year Award.

Dr. Ritter received the award in recognition of her dedication to stroke education and prevention, including frequent community presentations on behalf of the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center Women’s Heart Health Education Committee, Minority Outreach Program and other groups.

Since 2012, Dr. Ritter has facilitated monthly stroke support groups in Tucson and Green Valley and helped establish the Stroke Resource Center of Southern Arizona. In addition, Dr. Ritter currently holds the William M. Feinberg Endowed Chair for Stroke Research at the UA Sarver Heart Center.
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Study Finds Potentially Treatable Cause of Dementia Following Stroke

UA College of Medicine – Tucson researcher Kristian Doyle, PhD, is first author of the study published in the Feb. 4 edition of the Journal of Neuroscience.

The development of dementia following a stroke may be due to chronic inflammation in the brain that could be treated with a medication used for rheumatoid arthritis and some cancers, according to a study published in the Feb. 4 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

Of the 800,000 Americans each year who survive a stroke, nearly one-third develop dementia within a year. Very little is known about inflammation in the brain after stroke, or why some stroke patients develop dementia, a severe decline in mental ability such as memory or thinking skills that can interfere with daily life.

University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson researcher Kristian Doyle, PhD, is first author on the study, “B-Lymphocyte-mediated delayed cognitive impairment following stroke,” which was conducted when he was a post-doctoral scholar in the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, Calif., under the mentorship of the study’s principal investigator Marion S. Buckwalter, MD, PhD, Stanford assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery.

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Study: Removing clot helps limit stroke disability

For the first time in two decades, a new treatment has been shown to limit the damage from a common type of stroke. Researchers in the Netherlands found that mechanically removing a clot in addition to using a standard clot-busting medicine lowered the risk that a stroke sufferer would end up seriously disabled. Continue reading

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Mini-Strokes May Lead to PTSD

THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A mini-stroke may not cause lasting physical damage, but it could increase your risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a small, new study suggests.

Almost one-third of patients who suffered a mini-stroke — known as a transient ischemic attack (TIA) — developed symptoms of PTSD, including depression, anxiety and reduced quality of life, the researchers said.

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Learning a New Language after Stroke

Having lost her ability to read because of a stroke, acclaimed writer Esmeralda Santiago began the difficult but familiar process of learning a new language.

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September Is National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month

Source: National Stroke Association

More than 2 million people in the U.S. have atrial fibrillation (Afib). Afib is a type of irregular heartbeat, often caused when the two upper chambers of the heart beat unpredictably and sometimes rapidly. When you have Afib, blood pools in the atria of your heart and clots may form. These clots may then be carried to the brain, causing stroke. Don’t ignore the facts:

  • Afib is a leading risk factor for stroke.
  • Afib is more common in people over age 60.
  • Afib is often asymptomatic, making it difficult for people to know that they have it.
  • Afib can be successfully managed with the help of a healthcare professional.
  • Knowing about and properly managing your Afib can prevent you from having stroke.
  • Up to 80 percent of strokes in people with Afib can be prevented.

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TMC earns renewal of HFAP Primary Stroke Certification

Tucson Medical Center has been awarded renewal of its Primary Stroke Certification from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP). Primary Stroke Certification serves as a notice that TMC has the capacity to stabilize and treat acute stroke patients, provide acute care, and administer tPA and other acute therapies safely and efficiently. Read more…


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