When it comes to a stroke, every minute is critical

The Downey Patriot, May 23, 2013

The more than 200 people who attended the May stroke seminar in Downey got a real medical two-fer.  First they heard a compelling presentation on the causes of strokes and strategies to prevent them from Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center’s Amytis Towfighi, MD. Dr. Towfighi is Chair of Rancho’s Neurology Department and Director of its Acute Neurology/Acute Stroke Unit. In addition, she is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at USC’s Keck School of Medicine.

They also received free screenings for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) and blood pressure provided by the RTH Stroke Foundation, and cholesterol and blood glucose screenings administered by staff from the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services’ Hubert H. Humphrey Comprehensive Health Center in Los Angeles. The total value of these screenings was estimated at approximately $100,000. The AAA screening may have saved the life of one elderly lady who it turned out had the largest aneurysm the foundation had detected in 15 years of screening and was immediately referred for treatment.

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Stroke Foundation To Hold Events That Will Examine The Relationship Between Migraine And Stroke.

The RTH Stroke Foundation will be hosting two upcoming Seminars that will examine the relationship between migraine and stroke. The First Seminar will be held on June 1st of 2015 and the second will be held on June 30th of 2015, each at separate locations. For more information and to find out how you can attend, see our events calender or contact Janet French at (888)-794-9466. Both of these Seminars will disclose the relationship between migraine and stroke highlighted in Sanossian’s, MD, article below.

Migraine and Stroke: Is There a Connection?

~Nerses Sanossian, MD, FAHA

Migraine and stroke are very common and debilitating neurological conditions (disorders of the body’s nervous system). Because they are so common, they can often co-exist in the same person. The relationship is much more complicated than that. Many people believe that having migraine, especially the type associated with an aura, is an independent risk factor for having a stroke. It should also be noted that migraine could occur after any form of neurological injury such as head trauma or stroke. This article aims to describe the relationship between migraine and stroke and answer some basic questions about the relationship.

What is a migraine?

Migraine is a chronic neurological disorder characterized by recurrent moderate to severe headaches often in association with a number of neurological symptoms. Typically the headache is one-sided, feels like a pulsation, and lasts hours to days. Associated symptoms may include nausea,   vomiting, increased sensitivity to lights and sounds, and the pain is worsened by activity. Up to one-third of people with migraine have auras: short-lived disturbance in visual, sensory, language, or  motor functioning.

What is a stroke?

A stroke is the rapid loss of brain function due to disruption of the blood supply. This can be due to ischemia (decreased blood supply) caused by blockage (clot), or a hemorrhage (bleeding from broken blood vessel). This loss of function can result in sudden weakness or numbness, sudden  confusion or trouble with speech, sudden trouble with vision, sudden trouble walking or dizziness, or a sudden severe headache with no known cause.

Can migraine headaches lead to stroke?

Most epidemiological studies indicate that an individual who has migraine headaches has an increased risk of having a stroke. This risk of stroke with migraine is very small when compared to the more established risk factors of high blood pressure, smoking, obesity and poor diet.  It is not very well understood why having migraines is associated with this small increase in stroke risk, and there are many theories, which have yet to be proven. The most important thing to know is that people with migraine headaches should see a physician who can correctly diagnose the condition and encourage a healthy lifestyle.

If I have migraine headaches is there anything I can do to lower my stroke risk?

The answer to this question is yes. Although migraine is a small risk factor for stroke, being a smoker and having other stroke risk factors like diabetes and high blood pressure increase the risk further. Understanding your risk factors, controlling your risk factors and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the best way to prevent stroke. It is important to exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, and have regular medical care with a primary care doctor. There was an interesting study recently presented which indicated that receiving treatment for migraine headaches can reduce the risk of stroke further. This research is still not proven, but it certainly makes sense to prevent migraine headaches through treatment.

How can I reduce the number of migraine headaches?

The cornerstone of migraine therapy is prevention through avoidance of triggers such as certain foods and regular exercise. The same activities that reduce stroke risk can also reduce the frequency and severity of migraine headache. A healthy balanced diet free of common triggers such as wine, cheese, and chocolate is one place to start. Regular exercise and biofeedback, which is the process of gaining greater awareness of headache patterns and using medication and other techniques to abort episodes, is also important. Some people will require medications. It is very important to discuss migraine headache with your primary care doctor. Most people who suffer from migraine will not       require evaluation by a neurologist or any further testing.

How do I know if the symptoms I am having are a migraine aura or a stroke?

If you experience any sudden neurological symptoms, you must call 9-1-1. In migraine aura the   symptoms typically occur in the same way repeatedly and develop into a pattern. Often migraine symptoms are “positive phenomena” or false visual images, where there is a flashing light or distortion of vision rather than a “negative phenomena” such as loss of vision, which occurs in stroke.

When you are experiencing new neurological symptoms, you must call 9-1-1 and get to the Emergency Room as soon as possible. A physician should make a diagnosis of migraine aura. Once this diagnosis is established, then you can make a determination of whether your current symptoms are due to an aura or are something very different.

Can a severe migraine attack lead to a stroke?

Yes, but this is a very rare occurrence and I have not seen it yet in my practice. It is called migrainous infarction and it occurs in people who have a very severe form of aura that does not go away. If you have a very severe aura that does not get better, it is important to be evaluated urgently.

Can a stroke lead to migraine headaches?

Any form of brain injury can lead to migrainous (migraine-like) headache.

Nerses Sanossian, MD, FAHA

Roxanna Todd Hodges Comprehensive Stroke Clinic,  University of Southern California

Superstar Neurologist Dr. Helena Chui to Speak at Stroke Prevention Seminar in Downey

Superstar neurologist Dr. Helena Chui to speak at stroke prevention seminar

WRITTEN BY : Greg Waskul, Contributor

DOWNEY – One of the world’s leading neurologists will be the keynote speaker at the year’s final free Stroke Prevention Seminar at Rio Hondo Event Center on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 9:30 a.m..

Dr. Helena Chui, Chair of the USC Department of Neurology and a world-renowned physician and researcher, will be providing her insights about “Stroke and Dementia” at the event. Dr. Chui is very familiar with the Downey community, having worked with the Alzheimer Disease Research Center at USC and its Alzheimer Disease Centers at USC and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center for more than three decades.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Chui as our final presenter of 2014 in what has become the nation’s most successful series of stroke prevention seminars,” said RTH Stroke Foundation President Deborah Massaglia. “We encourage those who are interested in hearing and meeting Dr. Chui to register right away, because all of our seminars in Downey have filled up, often within a day.

“We know anyone who attends will learn a lot and will enjoy hearing from Dr. Chui, because her ratings from her previous talks are among the highest we’ve seen in 15 years of holding stroke prevention seminars.”

Everyone attending the event will also receive a free blood-pressure screening. So far, nearly 300 individuals with life-threateningly high blood pressure have found out about their condition for the first time at these local seminars sponsored by RTH Stroke Foundation, Keck Medicine of USC, Rio Hondo Event Center, PIH Health and The Downey Patriot.

Registering for the free stroke prevention seminar is easy. Either visit www.rthfoundation.org online or call (888) 794-9466 to sign up.

Not surprisingly Dr. Chui has earned exceptionally high marks from those who have heard her speak in the local area. “I learned so much from Dr. Chui about memory loss, and discovered many ideas about how to live a healthier life that I applied in my own life,” said Downey community leader Beverly Mathis. “She is very interesting and informative, and the way she speaks with people is so encouraging.

“I remember that the last time she spoke at a stroke prevention seminar she stayed long after her presentation was finished to answer more questions from the audience,” Beverly said. “There must have been 60 or 70 people in line to speak with Dr. Chui, and she smiled and listened to each one and spoke to them with words they could understand and act upon. I can’t wait to see what she’s going to tell us on October 29th, because she is truly an inspiration to us all.”

Dr. Chui’s appearance is part of a larger effort by USC’s Alzheimer Disease Research Center (ADRC) to reach out to underserved communities throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

In her presentation, Dr. Chui will report the latest findings of the research she and her ADRC colleagues have conducted at USC and Rancho as they seek effective new approaches to the detection, cause, prevention, and treatment of early-stage cognitive impairment. She will also discuss research developments from around the world.

“The whole world awaits the day when a truly effective medical treatment becomes available for Alzheimer Disease,” Dr. Chui said. “Meanwhile, the best treatment is still a day-by-day holistic approach to optimize quality of life. A huge difference can be made in the quality of life we experience, depending upon our outlook and supportive and caring relationships with others.

“This depends upon maintaining the spiritual, physical, and mental well-being of the care partner, as well as the person with the disease,” Dr. Chui said. “We understand that memory loss is a family issue that requires effective long-term planning and action to address all the needs of the family unit.”

“Dr. Chui will be speaking about the devastating impact stroke and memory loss has on the health of America’s families,” Deborah said. “In addition to learning about dementia, event participants will be provided with vital information that may help them prevent a stroke and save their life or the life of a loved one.”

Under Dr. Chui’s leadership, USC’s ADRC is organized around six core areas: administration; clinical; data and informatics; neuropathology; outreach, recruitment and education; and imaging. In addition to Dr. Chui, who heads the administration core, several other core leaders, such as Dr. Lon Schneider (clinical) and Dr. Arthur Toga (imaging) are themselves world-renowned experts in their specialties. In addition to its groundbreaking research, Keck Medicine of USC provides the most advanced diagnostic and treatment services available for Alzheimer Disease, other types of dementia and diseases related to aging.

Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (an affiliate of USC) makes available to the community outstanding resources for the community both in memory loss and stroke. “Our California Alzheimer Disease Center team at Rancho is led by Dr. Freddi Sigal-Gidan, who has more than a quarter century of experience in research and treatment of Alzheimer Disease and other memory loss issues; and Dr. Liliana Gomez Ramirez, who has become one of the top young doctors in the field,” Dr. Chui said.

“Rancho also has a number of experts in stroke and other acute neurological conditions, led by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Mindy Aisen. The stroke service is led byDr. Amytis Towfighi, who is one of the most talented and accomplished stroke physicians and researchers in the world,” she said. “We also have the brilliant neuorosurgeon Dr. Charles Liu and a rising star in Dr. Susan Shaw, among many distinguished clinicians.

“Keck Medicine of USC is very proud of our long-term partnership with Rancho and the talents of the many USC physicians and clinicians who are associated with this superb rehabilitation facility,” Dr. Chui added. It’s an excellent example of how we bring our treatment and research protocols to underserved populations.”

She also suggested that those who are interested in finding out more about memory loss should visit the USC ADRC’s new web site at adrc.usc.edu.

“We have spent nearly a year working to make our new site more relevant to our patients, participants and families, researchers and healthcare professionals, and the community we serve,” Dr. Chui said. “The web site makes it easy to join the ADRC family and learn more about memory loss or sign up for a clinical trial or study.

“We are learning much about stroke, memory loss and other brain-related issues each day as research continues to provide the answers to many questions and challenges we have faced in the world of medicine,” Dr. Chui said. “At Keck Medicine of USC, we are at the forefront of this work, and we intend to continue our efforts to meaningfully participate in the worldwide search to find better treatments and eventually cures so that one day we will have defeat each and every neurological disease.”

With her tremendous leadership and her many clinical and research achievements, Dr. Chui has an interesting perspective about neurological issues such as stroke and dementia.

“We encourage everyone reading this article to sign up for Dr. Chui’s seminar on October 29th because she is a great doctor, a great researcher and a great communicator,” Deborah said. “It’s an opportunity for all of us to interact and learn from a giant of the healthcare world, who possesses the rare combination of the intellect, experience and achievements that make her a world leader in her field, matched by a humility and caring heart that makes her beloved by her patients and colleagues.”

“This is an opportunity for each of us to be touched by greatness,” Beverly said. “If you can only do one thing for yourself this fall, attend Dr. Chui’s seminar. Like me, you may learn something that could change your life or the life of someone you love.”

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RTHSF And Partners Bring Rio Hondo Event Center to Max Occupancy

Our second seminar of the year which was conducted in partnership with the Downey Patriot, PIH, Rio Hondo Event Center, and USC, saw a record number of attendees. Around 200 people hungry for stroke information and screenings packed the venue and sat for the presentation given by Dr. Tara Dutta. Don’t miss out on our next big event. All of our seminars and screenings are offered at no charge to attendees. See the events calendar below for a list of upcoming seminars and sign up for one today.

https://www.rthfoundation.org/events-calendar/

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100 spaces added to stroke prevention seminar

Downey Patriot, October 24, 2013

Last no-cost stroke prevention seminar of the year takes place Nov. 6.

WRITTEN BY :   Greg Waskul, Contributor

DOWNEY – Due to overwhelming demand, 100 reservation slots have been added so that more members of the local community can attend the final Stroke Prevention Seminar of the year on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Rio Hondo Event Center.

This free seminar series, which has been described by several leading physicians as the most successful primary stroke prevention initiative ever undertaken in our country, will complete the year with a presentation on Alzheimer’s Disease and vascular dementia by one of the world’s most renowned doctors and researchers, Dr. Helena Chang Chui. All attendees will also receive a free blood pressure screening at the event.

“We already have nearly 200 RSVP’s for this free seminar,” said Deborah Massaglia, President of the RTH Stroke Foundation, which sponsors the seminar series in partnership with the Rancho Los Amigos Foundation, Rio Hondo Event Center and The Downey Patriot. “We think Dr. Chui’s message is so important that we have opened these new reservation slots, but based on previous experience they won’t last long,” she said.

“We recommend that those who are interested in attending make reservations immediately online at rthfoundation.org or by phone at (888) 794-9466.”

Dr. Chui holds the Raymond and Betty McCarron endowed Chair at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and serves as chair of the Department of Neurology. She is internationally recognized for her research in Alzheimer’s disease and vascular cognitive impairment.

The Downey Patriot interviewed Dr. Chui this week while she was in Shanghai, China, completing a journey that took her to three provinces in the world’s most populous nation.

“I am very excited to speak to the Downey community about these important issues that affect our brain,” Dr. Chui said. “I will be explaining how we can maximize our vascular health to give us the best chance to avoid disabling neurological conditions such as strokes, Alzheimer’s Disease and vascular dementia,” Dr. Chui said.

“There is a lot of confusion throughout the community about these conditions, and everyone who attends will gain an understanding of what they can do to help improve their overall health,” she said.

“We are so excited that Dr. Chui will be speaking at our November 6 seminar, because she makes these complex concepts so understandable,” Deborah said.

“Our best offense against neurological diseases is a good defense, which is working with researchers to help find better treatments for people who have symptoms and also preventions to reduce the frequency of people who have symptoms, Dr. Chui said. She and her team at USC are world leaders in helping provide solutions to these challenging issues.
“If we could just delay the onset of symptoms by five years, we could cut the prevalence of Alzheimer’s Disease by half,” she said.”At USC we have a focus on trying to develop solutions that are designed to have the best preventive effects without increasing the risks of other diseases.

“The impacts of vascular disease can be more subtle, and symptoms of cognitive impairment often occur in smaller steps, may stabilize, then might progress a little further,” she said. “We are interested in maintaining the health of the blood vessel system, and therefore the health of the brain as well.”

One example of how to improve vascular health is regular physical exercise. “Email has become a real addiction for many people,” Dr. Chui said. “Once you’ve opened it, you’re just sitting there, sometimes for hours. That’s why I always exercise before getting on email.”

Dr. Chui will speak about this and will provide some fun memory tips for attendees, as well as discussing other ways people can protect their vascular system.

“The vascular system is so vast that the total length of the capillaries in your brain is about 400 miles, which would stretch from here in Los Angeles to San Francisco,” she said. “Protecting our vascular health is the most important thing we can do to reduce the risk of stroke and other neurological conditions.”

Dr. Chui works with these issues every day. She is the principal investigator for the Alzheimer Disease Research Center as well as a multi-institutional program project on vascular dementia. She is also the author of more than 120 publications and has served on the editorial board for “Stroke, Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders” and “Archives of Neurology.”

“I always enjoy listening to Dr. Chui talk, because she explains things in a way I can understand and put the information to use in my own life,” said Downey community leader Sam Mathis.

“Having Dr. Chui speak is a great way to end our historic first year of Primary Stroke Prevention Seminars in Downey,” Deborah said. “She is a tremendous speaker, a legendary researcher, a visionary leader, and an even greater person.

“I know that anyone who hears Dr. Chui speak on November 6 will learn things that can help them improve their health and the overall quality of their life,” she added. “We recommend that our friends in their community make their reservations now so that they can attend this very special free seminar.”

Photo By: Greg Waskul

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Social Media

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Each year, we spend a large amount of money and resources in combating stroke and raising awareness, however, one of the simplest methods to combat against stroke is free and anybody can contribute. When you like one of our pages via Facebook, Twitter, or any other social networks, you are directly contributing to the fight against stroke by raising awareness of the medical condition and our organization’s cause to drastically mitigate its presence in our society. In our current day and age, fighting stroke by spreading awareness has never been easier, all it takes is a click of the mouse or tap of the tablet. We’ve now made raising awareness of stroke even easier by installing social media buttons on our website, so if you visit one of our pages and find any information beneficial, like that page and tell others about your experience through social networks, by doing so, you could save a life. We will be adding more network buttons as time goes on. After liking one of our pages, feel free to visit the RTH Stroke Foundation’s main Facebook page and like us, we need all the support we can get in the fight against stroke.

New Foundations Unveiled

The RTH Stroke Foundation – in its continual efforts to strike out stroke, has split into two separate public foundations that will carry on the torch in eliminating strokes. The new Hope After Stroke Foundation will pick up the bulk of RTH’s previous operations by bringing seminar education, support groups, and recovery programs to communities in need and those suffering from the after-effects of stroke.

The S.M.A.R.T. Program – which has grown exponentially in its first and now second year of operation – will continue educating K-12 students under the new Out S.M.A.R.T. Stroke Foundation. Local educators, teachers, and school authorities interested in partnering with this program should visit the Out S.M.A.R.T. Stroke Foundation site here: www.outsmartstroke.org

For all other visitors, the RTH Stroke Foundation’s programs and education services will continue to run through the Hope After Stroke Foundation. The RTH Stroke Foundation website will remain active but will be slowly, and eventually fully transferred over to the Hope After Stroke Website which can be found here: www.hopeafterstroke.org

To all our visitors and partners, we thank you for your support as we embark on these new endeavors. Our office location and operating hours will remain the same.

New RTH Stroke Awareness Video Debuts

The Rth Stroke Foundation’s “Shadow Of Stroke Campaign” Team has released a new video for stroke awareness month that addresses stroke risk factors. The video’s aim is to raise awareness in that unhealthy eating and medical conditions like Diabetes and Hypertension can lead to stroke. This brief, fun, and educational video is perfect for sharing over social media with friends and family as it highlights stroke risk factors and warning signs in a timely manner that is ideal for helping spread information in stroke awareness month.

Bri Winkler to share her stroke survival story

Bri Winkler to share her stroke survival story

Free event will include complimentary blood pressure, carotid artery screenings. WRITTEN BY :   Greg Waskul, Contributor

DOWNEY – The RTH Stroke Foundation announced today that it has opened up 150 additional seats for its upcoming free Primary Stroke Prevention seminar on Wednesday, July 30 because of a very special guest who will be joining the program.

“ABC-7 meteorologist Bri Winkler will be joining us to share her very personal experience with stroke at the July 30 seminar, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Rio Hondo Event Center,” said RTH Stroke Foundation President Deborah Massaglia.

Seminar attendees will also receive free carotid artery screenings (which can cost more than $500 in a doctor’s office).  Free blood pressure screenings will also be offered to all seminar participants. The screenings are being underwritten by PIH Health.

Reservations may be made online at rthfoundation.org/seminars or by phone at (888) 794-9466.

“Based on our previous experience, these slots will be filled very quickly, so we suggest that those wishing to attend this free stroke prevention event sign up immediately,” Deborah said.

In addition to Bri Winkler, who will talk about her stroke, her recovery and why she feels she was given a second chance at life, the seminar will feature a presentation by renowned physician and researcher Dr. Nerses Sanossian.  He will speak about the warning signs of stroke and how people can reduce their risk of having a stroke.  Dr. Sanossian is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the USC Keck School of Medicine and Director of USC’s Roxanna Todd Hodges Comprehensive Stroke Clinic.

“Attending this seminar is very important, because about 80 percent of strokes can be prevented,” Dr. Sanossian said. “More than 800,000 new stroke cases are reported each year in the United States,” Dr. Sanossian said. “Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in our country, with about 130,000 people dying because of stroke each year. By attending this seminar, you will learn how not to be part of those statistics, he said.

“Dr. Sanossian is always a very highly rated speaker, and we are excited to pair him with Bri for this very special event in our Downey seminar series, which has already saved many lives and has been the most successful stroke prevention seminar series in the history of our nation,” Deborah said.  “Bri’s stroke at such a young age shows us that we must all do everything we can to prevent a stroke, regardless of our age.”

Here is a snapshot of Bri’s stroke experience, as captured by KABC’s Emmy award-winning health reporter Denise Dador:

You know her as part of the weather team at ABC7.  But meteorologist Bri Winkler wants to share a story that few have known about — until now.  And what you learn from her story, could save someone’s life.

Just three years ago, at the age of 24, Bri woke up feeling a numbness spread from her face to her entire right side. She didn’t know it at the time, but Bri was having a stroke, and now she is on a mission to let people know how stroke can hit anyone, at any age.

Bri predicts weather patterns for a living, but no one could predict the health scare she endured Sept. 12, 2012. She had set her alarm for 5 a.m. to exercise, but five minutes after she woke up, she realized something was terribly wrong.

“First, I lost the hearing out of my right ear,” said Bri. “The numbness spread to my face and went down to my arm and my leg. When I went to stand, I realized I couldn’t. So then I had to get on the floor and crawl.”

She crawled to her phone and called her sister, Tara, who lives 3,000 miles away in Boston.

“My sister thought that I had low blood sugar, so she was trying to coax me down to the kitchen. At the time, I lived in a two-story condo, so I had two flights of stone steps to get down,” said Bri.

Bri “army crawled” all the way down, dragging her body only using her left arm and leg. Looking back, Tara recalls she thought it might be a stroke but she second-guessed herself.

I thought, ‘Why would a 20-year-old girl with no history? No one in our family has ever had a stroke. Why would it be a stroke?” said Tara.

One telltale sign of stroke is slurred speech, but Bri was speaking clearly. Eventually, Tara realized it was something serious and reached out to a family friend in Southern California, who called 911.

Paramedics rushed Bri to Huntington Hospital. For someone to have a stroke in their 20s is very rare. But the type of stroke Bri had was exceptionally rare. The cause was a vertebral artery dissection. She had a flap-like tear in a key blood vessel.

“It could either be spontaneous, meaning that it just happens. It can be because of some sort of trauma,” said Dr. Arbi Ohanian, a neurologist at Huntington Hospital.

Ohanian says in Bri’s case that trauma could have been triggered by certain yoga poses or chiropractic manipulation. Bri did both shortly before her stroke. Doctors still can’t say for sure what caused the tear, but what they do know is that a blood clot had formed, blocking a key artery in Bri’s brainstem in the area that controls breathing and heart rate.

“It was in a very scary location,” said Ohanian.

And the clock was ticking. The standard treatment is giving a drug called TPA, sometimes called a “clot buster,” which can reverse the effects of a stroke.

But it has to be given within three hours of the stroke. By the time Bri arrived at the hospital, doctors had little time to assess her condition.

With only two minutes left, Ohanian had to make the crucial decision. He felt it was Bri’s only chance. To his relief, it worked.

“Within what felt like seconds, I could feel my face again and it spread down to my arm and my leg. It was this insane pins and needles, but it was such a beautiful awakening. It was like every cell was becoming alive again,” said Bri.

After her stroke, Bri looks back and realizes so many things could have gone wrong.

“I view it as such a positive thing in my life because I do appreciate everything a lot more,” she said.

If she didn’t wake up to exercise, she might have slept through the stroke. If she couldn’t get someone to call 911, she might have missed her treatment window. At any point, things could have ended far differently and she knows it.

“There’s a reason why I’m here today and I really think a big part of that is spreading the story,” Bri said. “And if that’s all that I can do to make one person learn the symptoms and maybe they save a life or they save their own life, then I’ve done my job.”

“Perhaps Bri or Dr. Sanossian will help you save your life or the life of someone you love on Wednesday, July 30 at Rio Hondo Event Center,” Deborah said. This is one event you do not want to miss!

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Stroke Survivor Recovery Program

istock_000025559039small-300x199-6243463After suffering a stroke, you may be overwhelmed with confusion, concern, resentment, and a whole host of questions regarding what you should do next. Here at the RTH Stroke Foundation, we understand the challenges that you might be faced with after suffering a stroke, and that is why we have developed a new program specifically catered to the survivors of stroke. Welcome to the RTH Stroke Foundation Stroke Survivor Recovery Program. Our goal is to help support the Stroke Survivor along with their family, friends, and caregivers, by providing resources to help aid in the aftermath of a Stroke.

The first question that you need to ask yourself is, “Where am I at in my recovery?” The RTH Stroke Foundation’s SSRP Team can help determine what care is best suited for you as the program realizes the challenges that one might be faced with when left with many unanswered questions in the aftermath of a Stroke. We are aware that the recovery period Post Stroke, is often a long journey, and through our resources and experienced staff, we strive through SSRP to improve the Stroke Survivor’s quality of life.

Patients accepted into our program will be guided throughout their recovery by our SSRP Team, which consists of a fully licensed Vocational Nurse and Stroke Case Manager who will assess each patient’s case and offer guidance, counseling, and referrals.

The SSRP Team will be committed to caring for the individual and their families during their transitional period. Below are a list of features our program will offer.

            • Telephonic support, home visitation
            • Counseling, education, answering of any questions
            • Care coordination and long term management
            • Residential Care Facility

If you have suffered from stroke and need resources catered to your particular case, look no further. Call us today at 888 794 9466 and ask to speak with SSRP Team Leader Tiffanie Hylland who will listen to your case, offer suggestions, and assist you with enrollment. The SSRP Program is free to patients and subsidized through donations. Currently, enrollment is restricted to patients of Southern California. Feel free to download our printable brochure in the link below for more information on SSRP.

SSRP Brochure