Stroke

May 6, 2020

A Beautiful Mind: New Techniques and Technology Are Improving Stroke Patient Outcomes

By Ronnie Musselwhite “Decades ago, treatment of strokes was ‘Take two aspirin and call me in the morning,’ and then it transitioned into acute treatment where we had options within the first few hours,” said Alexander Schneider, MD, a stroke neurologist and Chief of Neuroscience with Mission Hospital. “Now, we’re able to treat out to […]

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April 21, 2020

Having a Stroke? Emergency Departments Remain Open during COVID-19

By Carolyn Comeau Multiple news outlets have reported recently that hospital emergency departments across the country are experiencing noticeable drops in patients coming in who suspect they may be having a stroke, due to trying to heed widespread messaging about COVID-19. “This past month we’ve also seen an increase in stroke patients waiting too long […]

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February 11, 2020

Striving for the Best: Stroke Survivor Karen Croom

By Jason Schneider When Karen Croom awoke one Thursday morning in January and called her husband, he realized something was wrong. “He said that my speech was slurred, that I couldn’t talk,” Croom said. Croom had planned to take her grandson to some appointments that day, and her husband asked her to wake him up […]

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December 17, 2019

Cholesterol – A Silent Killer: Don’t Let High Cholesterol Steal Your Vitality

By Stephen Kimmel, MD, Blue Ridge Medical Center – Yancey Campus One of my favorite professors from medical school started a lecture by walking to the center of the stage without any notes, staring out into the class and saying dramatically, “I know how you are going to die!” It was an engaging start to […]

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May 28, 2019

Stroke 101 – Can You Prevent a Stroke from Happening?

Seeking immediate care within the first “golden hour” is critical for treating, surviving and recovering from a stroke. Do you know what signs and symptoms to look for and what things to do (and not to do) in order to save a life? Last week, we had the chance to interview Alex Schneider, MD, chief of […]

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April 24, 2019

Ischemic and Hemorrhagic – Two Types of Strokes

By Brooks Stewart, MD Stroke is brain damage resulting from a problem with the brain’s blood supply. Symptoms may be transient or short-lived (called TIA, or transient ischemic attack), or they may become permanent if irreversible damage occurs to brain tissue (called stroke, or cerebrovascular accident). Broadly speaking, there are two types of strokes. Ischemic […]

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February 21, 2019

A Higher Standard: Teamwork helped Lucille McClure Survive A Stroke

Having a stroke is a scary and confusing experience. During such a disorienting time, your life is in someone else’s hands. When those hands also happen to be capable and caring, it can make all the difference in your outcome. Lucille McClure of Highlands, and her husband, Richard, said that was definitely the case when […]

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October 25, 2018

Why FAST When You Can BEFAST? Spot a Stroke and Save a Life

By Robin Jones – Manager, Mission Stroke Program Strokes cause about 1 in 19 deaths in the US each year, making it the third leading cause of death for women and the fourth leading cause of death for men. Strokes are also a leading cause of serious long-term health conditions and disability in America. Catching […]

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October 18, 2018

Camp Bluebird — Celebrating 25 Years of Support for Cancer Survivors

For many, the words “summer camp” conjure great memories, and Mission Health’s Camp Bluebird is no exception. What makes Camp Bluebird unique is the campers – and the life-changing experience they share: a diagnosis of cancer. Sure, there’s tons of laughter, bonfires and even s’mores, but there are also reiki (healing touch therapy) sessions, Q&As […]

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July 3, 2018

Happy Campers – Special Retreat Offers Support for Stroke Survivors and Their Caregivers

Marylee Nunley, whose husband survived a stroke, realized her dream of starting a camp for stroke survivors and their families in 2004. What began as a single camp in Illinois has grown into Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp, a national network of stroke camps with the mission of improving the quality of life for stroke […]

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