Tag: stroke

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Randy Forbes: Betting the farm

We do our nation no good when we attempt these broad comprehensive plans at the federal level. Why? Because we bet the farm. Even if reforms are necessary, going all-in when the stakes are high is incredibly risky.

Virginia Organizing hosts media conferences to support Medicaid expansion

Virginia Organizing, a non-partisan statewide grassroots organization, held nine media conferences across the Commonwealth on Friday to support Medicaid expansion in Virginia.

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Using tablets, telemedicine to speed stroke treatment

A University of Virginia Health System team is working with local rescue squads to diagnose stroke patients before they reach the hospital, enabling more patients to receive lifesaving treatment and have a full recovery.


Surviving the holidays: Think before you drink

The holidays are upon us and so are busy roadways full of holiday travelers headed out to celebrate with family, friends and loved ones. More than 2.7 million Virginia residents are embarking on their Christmastime road trips and AAA Mid-Atlantic is urging motorists to exercise extreme caution on the highway during the entire holiday travel period.

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Augusta Health Stroke Program Team certified and recognized

Augusta Health’s Stroke Team, an interdisciplinary group working throughout the hospital to provide quality care for all stroke patients, has been recognized in recent weeks by both The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Chris DeWald: Strokes and friendships

So many items around you when you have your first stroke go astray.  Besides physical inabilities to conquer, you have to face true friendships and future friendships.  What did I just say?  When I had my strokes in May 2006, I discovered that people I thought were my friends distanced themselves from me.  From what […]

$25M grant to help UVa. researchers study strokes

Researchers at the University of Virginia Health System have received a $25 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lead a 50+-center national clinical trial investigating a promising new treatment that could greatly benefit thousands of acute ischemic stroke patients every year. More than 750,000 people in the United States suffer from […]

Chris DeWald: Stroke and emotional changes

Hello, my friends and also my religious enemies. What a way to start an article besides with friends. Seems I made some religious enemies from my article on melanoma, and my immediate reaction was not favorable. That shall be revealed later, but is relevant to how we as stroke survivors deal with complex emotions. According […]

Chris DeWald: Recurring strokes

It is so good to be back to writing articles. Nothing had happened to me to write about until April of this year. I had not been feeling well for about three months leading to April 2011. My blood pressure was out of control in elevation and also in sudden drops. It was necessary for me […]

Chris DeWald: Stroke deficits – the gifts that keep on giving and giving and giving

Hello, again. I am going to introduce you to another stroke survivor. I feel another voice would be beneficial to survivors and also caregivers. Donna was the first stroke survivor I had met online that was a base of information for survivors and caregivers on strokes. Not from doctors, but from someone who shared your […]

Chris DeWald: Stroke-severe arteriosclerosis, Part II

It has been three weeks since I have been taking an old medication called pentoxifylline. My first article about this subject centered on me and what was happening to my body as a result of this disease. To recall some first concerns as to why I do not go the route of surgery is important. […]

Chris DeWald: Stroke, severe arteriosclerosis, possible assistance

Good day to the readers of my articles. Follow me on another adventure with a possible solution for those with low or no blood flows in the cerebral area. No blood flows or wisps of blood contain little oxygen for the brain to remain active for long periods of time. This is me. I have […]

Chris DeWald: Stroke-cerebral arteriosclerosis-part two

I am wearing down from this diagnosis. I would like to describe what is happening to me through my thoughts. I wrote an article about this disease that is also called hardening of the arteries. It is a diseas that is progressive, and it is keeping pace where I read the symptoms in a book. […]

Chris DeWald: Stroke and cerebral arteriosclerosis

Hello, readers, and the best to all of you. Most of this article is based on my inside look on this disease. Let us break this down. A stroke, or “brain attack,” occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery (a blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body) or a blood […]

Chris DeWald: Hearing loss with strokes

Hello, readers. I had a wonderful adventure the other day, and I thought I would share it. According to the American Heart Association, stroke can affect people in different ways. It depends on the type of stroke, the area of the brain affected and the extent of the brain injury. Brain injury from a stroke […]

Chris DeWald: Ketones

Column by Chris DeWald Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net   I had the wonderful experience of being the research rat for ketones last night. This reminds me of the Keystone Cops with the Keystone Cops being your blood glucose meter. According to http://diabetes.webmd.com/ketones-14241, ketone test checks for ketone in your blood or urine. Ketones are substances […]

Chris DeWald: Dealing with grief

Column by Chris DeWald Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net   Grief may be triggered by the death of a loved one. People also can experience grief if they have an illness for which there is no cure, or a chronic condition that affects their quality of life. The end of a significant relationship may also cause […]

Chris DeWald: Medications and you

Column by Chris DeWald Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net   Welcome to springtime. Hello, Mr. and Mrs. Pollen. Cousins tree pollen and grass pollen are here whether we want it or not. What does this have to do with me and my current medications? Well, here we go, ladies and gents. I shall list my medications […]

RMH recognized for achievement in stroke care

Edited by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   RMH has been awarded the American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Bronze Performance Achievement Award for its commitment to providing high-quality care for stroke patients.

Chris DeWald: Post-stroke food shopping

Column by Chris DeWald Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net   If you are capable of going out, whether it be alone or with a caregiver, get outdoors. Depending on your mental and physical situation, this shall dictate what type of food store is easier for you. By this, I mean you do not “overload,”  get “hemmed” […]

Augusta Health earns Primary Stroke Center Certification

   Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net It’s not that you know that you’re having a stroke, and tell the nurse, Hey, I’m having a stroke! You only went to the hospital because somebody insisted. We all want to feel like we’re tough. It’s probably just a headache. The staff at Augusta Health is trained to […]


   Column by Chris DeWald Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net How many ways are there to say “ouch”? How many licks to the chewy Tootsie Roll center? How many times I have seen on television commercials for arthritis. People are seen rubbing their hands and either taking an over-the-counter medication or some cream. Then I see […]

Blood thinners

  Column by Chris DeWald Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net Blood thinners are commonly used in the prevention of strokes. This is especially important for people who have suffered a first stroke, as they have an increased risk of suffering a second one. In fact, about 30 percent of all strokes in a given year are […]

Chris Dewald | Insulin pens

The American Diabetes Association states the following: Did you know that two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease and stroke? Make the Link! Diabetes, heart disease and stroke is an initiative of the American Diabetes Association and the American College of Cardiology, aimed at increasing awareness of the link between diabetes […]

AFP Focus | Augusta Health stroke program in the spotlight

Karen Bess couldn’t move her left arm, was having trouble swallowing, having trouble speaking, though she didn’t realize that at first. “I thought I sounded fine,” said Bess, a stroke survivor now four years into her recovery. Bess had to relearn the basics of daily living, as basic as bathing, dressing and brushing her teeth. […]

Chris DeWald | I’ve stroked, now what, part IV

OK, my friends, you either have Social Security or are fighting to receive it. Now you are faced with bills and “here comes the judge,” I mean “bills.” Well, maybe the judge also.

Chris DeWald | I’ve stroked, now what? Part 2

Hello my friends. While getting your Heparin Therapy, most of you will be gradually make a transition to Warfarin/Coumadin. These meds are to thin your blood to prevent further clotting.

Chris DeWald | Hospital visit tips

I was thinking of Gene Autry while typing this important article. Remember “Back in the Saddle Again”? I have changed it to” Back in the ER again, out where a doctors your friend……Where the large ol’ needles wield and the nurses all have zeal, I am back in the ER again”….

Gotta know the warning signs

The sensation was like “pouring warm water starting from the top of my head all the way down to my toes on the left side.” And it scared Chris DeWald, but not the doctor who treated him initially.

Online Extra | Five Warning Signs of Stroke

Do you know what the Five Warning Signs of Stroke are? Walk … Is Their Balance Off? Talk … Is Their Sleep Slurred or Face Droopy? Reach … Is One Side Weak or Numb? See … Is Their Vision All or Partially Lost? Feel … Is Their Headache Severe?