Why Donate? – RTH Stroke Foundation

When you donate to the RTH Stroke Foundation, your gifts go directly into the fight against stroke.

      • By the 4th quarter of 2015, the donations we received allowed for us to give free life-saving screenings to over 3,605 people that may have been in immediate danger of stroke.
      • This year alone, donations have enabled us to give seminars attended by more than 2,770 people in the Orange and Los Angeles County regions.
      • The donations we receive fund tri-monthly support groups at our Laguna Hills and Brea locations that provide invaluable help to stroke survivors and their families and caregivers.
      • In addition to stroke prevention, your generous donations also contribute in mitigating the aftereffects of Stroke by helping to fund our Stroke Survivor and Recovery Program, which assists the survivor’s of Stroke with rebuilding their lives.
      • Consult your Tax Accountant to learn about what types of write-offs you may be eligible for after donating.

There has never been a more critical time than now to donate. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of disability, however unlike other diseases, stroke is 80% preventable, that means if out of all the people that we screened on any given day, if a hundred of them were directly at risk of stroke, 80 of them would likely never suffer a stroke if they made the correct life style changes afterward. Any generous donation on your part directly contributes to the fight against stroke and helps to reduce its impact over our society on a grand scale, since it is so easily preventable through awareness and lifestyle changes. Please donate today, and help us remove stroke from the totem pole of top killers in the United States, please visit other pages on our website to learn how we put donations to good use, or call us to learn more about what we do with your donations. (888) 794-9466

Thank You,

~RTH Stroke Foundation

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RTH and Saddleback Memorial Bring Laguna Hills Venue to Max Occupancy

The RTH Stroke Foundation in partnership with Saddleback Memorial and Dr. Ronald Gim brought the Florence Sylvester Senior Center in Laguna Hills to max occupancy on Tuesday with an informative lecture on Atrial Fibrillation and its relationship to stroke. Post-lecture, many of the attendees were treated to free life-saving carotid artery and blood pressure screenings by RTH Foundation staff and our onsite LVN. Don’t miss our next event in your area – check our website calendar and register for one of our upcoming seminars today!

City Awards RTH Stroke Foundation With Proclamation

Today, the Laguna Woods City Council awarded the RTH Stroke Foundation with a Proclamation, which acknowledges May as Stroke Awareness month and the RTH Stroke Foundation’s dedication to eradicating stroke in their vicinity. The award was presented to Guy Navarro of the Foundation before the Council and several other city officials in attendance. Included with the certificate was the city’s pledge to acknowledge May as Stroke Awareness month and disseminate as much information on stroke as possible to their community. The RTH Stroke Foundation was proud to accept this acknowledgement and will continue to spearhead the fight against stroke as the year goes on.

keck school Archives – RTH Stroke Foundation

From Keck School of Medicine of USC, Wednesday, May 16, 2012 

The Roxanna Todd Hodges Foundation, which is dedicated to preventing stroke, made a $6 million gift to establish the Roxanna Todd Hodges Comprehensive Stroke Clinic and the Roxanna Todd Hodges Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) Program at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

“This is an extraordinary gift,” said Keck School of Medicine of USC Dean Carmen A. Puliafito. “The best strategy against it is prevention. I will do whatever I can to make these programs successful and ones that the Roxanna Todd Hodges Foundation can be very proud of.”

Click here to read the entire article.

City Gives RTH Stroke Foundation a Proclamation

The RTH Stroke Foundation was honored last month by the City of Laguna Hills, which gave the RTH Stroke Foundation a city proclamation for Stroke Awareness Month. Guy Navarro of the Foundation, was honored to accept the proclamation issued by Mayor Cynthia Conners on 5/27/15.

This was an important milestone for the Foundation which set out in 1996 under the late Roxanna Todd Hodges, to significantly reduce the impact of Stroke in the Southern California Region.

Downey Patriot Archives – RTH Stroke Foundation

Downey Patriot, September 26, 2013 More than 100 residents received free stroke prevention screenings Wednesday.

74-year-old Albert Nosal came to the Primary Stroke Prevention Screening at RioHondo Event Center Wednesday looking for hope. His blood pressure soaring out of control at188/98 and having already suffered four “mini-strokes”, Albert was looking for new ideas about how to get his life back.

He found plenty of great diet, exercise and lifestyle tips from Yaga Szlachcic, MD, a highly respected cardiologist, clinical leader and researcher from Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center who delivered a brilliant presentation on controlling an irregular heartbeat (known as atrial fibrillation or “a-fib”) and stroke prevention.

Albert was one of more than 100 Downey-area residents who marveled as Dr. Szlachcic explained the importance of modifying behaviors to help limit the risk of having a stroke. Like most of those in attendance, he learned a lot.

“I’ve been prescribed 14 different medications, some with disastrous side effects,” he said. After hearing Dr. Szlachchic, he said now has hope that he can work with his doctor to lower my blood pressure not only with drugs, but with diet, exercise and even meditating before going to sleep at night.

“She spoke at our level, and answered our questions in a way we could all understand,” Albert said. Her presentation was simply outstanding.”
The seminar was the fourth of five free Primary Stroke Prevention events in Downey that have provided free carotid artery, aortic abdominal aneurysm and blood pressure screenings for more than 850 people. These free screenings have been valued at more than $335,000. The seminars are sponsored by the RTH Stroke Foundation, Rancho Los Amigos Foundation, The Downey Patriot and the Rio Hondo Event Center.

Many lives have been saved because of these seminars, which USC’s Nerses Sanossian, MD, Director of the Roxanna Todd Hodges Comprehensive Stroke Clinic at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, called “the most successful Primary Stroke Prevention seminar series our nation has ever had.”

The final 2013 seminar will be held on Wednesday, November 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Rio Hondo Event Center. The speaker will be the world-renowned neurologist Helena Chui, MD, who is the Chair of Neurology of the Keck School of Medicine of USC. One of the world’s foremost researchers in Alzheimer’s Disease, Dr. Chui will discuss her groundbeaking research and the relationship between Alzheimer’s, vascular dementia and stroke.

This free seminar is certain to be “sold out” very quickly,” said RTH Stroke Foundation President Deborah Massaglia. “Dr. Chui is a tremendous speaker, and in addition to hearing her presentation, attendees will also receive a complimentary blood pressure screening.”

Since high blood pressure is the number one cause of strokes, this screening is especially important,” she said. Reservations may be made online at rthstrokefoundation.org or by phone at (888) 794-9466.

At Wednesday’s event, Dr. Szlachcic explained how many medications can cause irregular and/or accelerated heartbeats. “You can recognize a-fib with several common symptoms, including an abnormal feeling in the chest, a rapid and strong heartbeat or an irregular heartbeat. Other symptoms include dizziness, chest pain or shortness of breath, fainting or passing out or anxiety.

“Anxiety is a very important symptom, because people have panic attacks, sweaty palms and sometimes even a feeling of impending doom,” Dr. Szlachcic said. “If you have these symptoms or any time you feel that something isn’t right with your heart, you should contact your doctor.”

Of course, before a person’s health deteriorates to that level, there are many things that can be done to live healthier lifestyles beyond the normal caution to avoid smoking, Dr. Szlachcic said.

Event attendees Elsa Van Louiven and Shirley McConnell each said they planned to eat more fruits and vegetables. “It really opened my eayes to know that a-fib can cause a clot that travels to your brain and causes a stroke,” Shirley said. “I am going to eat a more healthy diet from now on.”
“I learned some things that will help me become healthier,” Elsa said. “It was well worth the trip to Rio Hondo, because what I learned could help save my life.”

“This was my second Stroke Prevention Seminar, and I picked up quite a bit more important information from this very helpful event,” said Tom Riddell.

One strategy Dr. Szlachcic discussed was “eating real food, not food products. This most often means eating from the sides of the market, not from the center aisles.” Another idea she spoke about was adding cinnamon to the diet. “Cinnamon has a positive effect, and cinnamon tea is especially effective. You simply make a cup of tea, put a cinnamon stick in the cup and wait for it to cool down. Then you remove the stick and you can use it several more times. The cinnamon adds a sweet taste, but doesn’t contain sugar.”

She also debunked some myths about the relative value of ginko, garlic and ginger. “Ginko does not improve memory, but it affects the blood in a negative way. Garlic can negatively affect how your blood thins, and in some cases, with certain medications, ginger can also have a negative affect on how your blood thins. Beware of the 3 Gs!”

Dr. Szlachic exhorted the audience to walk for at least a half hour at least five days a week. “Walking is the most healthy, natural and wonderful way to get the exercise your body needs to avoid a stroke. You can also swim or do Zumba, but the key is that you have to move your body to stay healthy.”

She also recommended meditation before going to bed at night, although she said, “the best time to meditate is when you need it. You can just sit down, relax, breathe deeply and count slowly from 1 to 10. You can find lots of techniques online, but I would suggest you keep it very simple as you begin.”

“Living a healthy lifestyle is the key,” Dr. Szlachcic said. “If you are also doing something that makes you feel fulfilled, you will be on the way to living well, and having a healthy, productive life where you will never have a stroke.”

Reducing your risk of Diabetes and Stroke is just a recipe away.

See the article below for information on how to reduce the risk of Diabetes and Stroke by improving your diet. Article by Jamie Mok of the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

The Diabetes Prevention Program, a large study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, found that high-risk individuals who lost 5-10% of body weight with diet and exercise significantly reduced their chance of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%. If the word “diet” makes you want to throw in the towel, do not give up hope! The old-fashioned “diabetic diet” is far off from today’s nutrition recommendations. Diabetes experts recognize that nutrition for diabetes is not “one size fits all”. Successful meal plans should consider age, gender, height, weight, physical activity, medical history, medications, and personal goals. Low carb? Sugar-free? Gluten free? Wheat free? With over 100 million Americans trying to lose weight, this $80 million dollar industry keeps new fad diets trending. Subscribing to one “miracle diet” after another is unhealthy and can be harmful, especially to those with medical conditions like diabetes. So what should we be eating? A healthy diet for a diabetic is generally the same as someone who is not diabetic. The key to eating for better health is a matter of quality and quantity. It’s important to understand that not all nutrients are created equal. A healthy meal plan is a balance of high quality carbs, proteins and fats. The majority of carbs we eat should be minimally processed. Whole grain breads, cereals, crackers and pasta; brown and wild rice, oat bran, beans, lentils, sweet potatoes, fresh fruits and vegetables are examples of high quality carbs rich in vitamins, minerals and soluble fiber, which slows the rise of blood sugars. On the contrary, low quality carbs, or refined sugars, are discouraged as they offer little nutritional value. Foods like white breads, cereals, crackers, pasta and rice; chips, cookies, cakes, candy, soda and juice hit the blood stream quicker causing blood sugars to rise more rapidly. Pairing high quality carbs with high quality proteins and fats further slows the rise blood sugars as the body works on digesting and absorbing all three nutrients at once. Fish, skinless chicken and turkey, lean pork and beef, egg whites, nonfat milk, yogurt, and cheese; beans, lentils, peas, soybeans, tofu, tempeh, soybeans, nuts and seeds are delicious sources of high quality protein. In addition to blunting the rise of blood sugars, high quality fats, namely monounsaturated fats and omega 3 fatty acids, offer cardiovascular benefits including improve blood cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, reduce blood clots and decrease inflammation. Therefore consuming more high quality fats reduces risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Olive oil, canola oil, avocado, peanuts, pecans, almonds, Brazil nuts, and all-natural nut butters are good sources of monounsaturated fats. Omega 3 fatty acids are found in wild-caught coldwater fish like salmon, herring trout, tuna, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, ground flaxseed, flaxseed oil, chia seeds, walnuts, walnut oil and canola oil. We can see that the “super-sized” shift in our eating patterns correlate to the rise in obesity and numerous related chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes. Portion control is equally as important as the quality of food we eat. As mentioned earlier, every body is different therefore the “right” meal plan varies between individuals. Advise a registered dietitian for nutritional guidance to customize a meal plan that’s right for you. To get started, visit the American Diabetes Association website (diabetes.org) and Joslin Diabetes Center (joslin.org) for diabetes and nutrition resources.

~Jamie Mok, MS, RDN Clinical Dietitian II, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center

Being Trapped Inside Of Your Body – Another Reason To Consider Your Risk Factors For Stroke

Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of disability. When considering risk factors for any disease, the approach of most people is to lower their risk of death, but stroke offers a whole host of other maladies to take into consideration. Granted a person survives their stroke, they are at a 90% chance of suffering permanent disability – often of which, is quite frightening. One of the most common side effects of a stroke is Aphasia – the condition in which a survivor is unable to communicate at no loss to their former intelligence. The condition is looked at in many ways, as being stuck inside of one’s body.

A recent article published by the Washington Post, in light of Stroke Awareness Month, details a Brain Stem Stroke Survivor’s feeling of ‘being trapped inside’ of her body post stroke. She endured a long and daunting road to recovery and suffered from a paralyzing condition called ‘Locked-in Syndrome,’ in which, she was fully aware of her surroundings but completely paralyzed and unable to communicate.

‘Locked-in Syndrome’ is just another after effect of stroke to consider in this month dedicated to raising awareness. To read the article on Alfaro and her experience with ‘Locked-in Syndrome’, click on the link below. Another aspect of Alfaro’s story to take into account is that she was just 32 when she experienced the stroke that left her temporarily paralyzed.


Stroke warning signs:

  • Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm, or leg
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding
  • Sudden dizziness, loss of balance, or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
  • Facial drooping limited to one side of the face

Get to the Hospital within 3 hours and as soon as possible by calling 911 if any of these signs are noticed. 3 hours is the Goldilocks window to save yourself or another person from permanent brain damage or death in the event of a stroke.

Also, consider the core 4 risk factors of stroke:

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes/Obesity
  • Heart Disease
  • Depression