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National Stroke Association
National Stroke Association
December 2012

Spotlight on Pediatric Stroke

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Anyone, at any age, can have a stroke, including unborn babies, newborns, children and teenagers. Stroke affects as many as six in 100,000 children every year. Our new Faces of Stroke℠ Ambassador, Elijah, and his mother, Jennifer, are sharing their experience with pediatric stroke.

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15 Strokes an Hour

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Every hour, 15 people have a stroke caused by atrial fibrillation (Afib). Afib is a type of irregular heartbeat that causes the two upper chambers of the heart to beat rapidly and unpredictably. Afib is a major risk factor for stroke and it increases your risk of having a stroke by 500 percent.

Learn more about atrial fibrillation and its connection to stroke.

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Sticking to Your Medications

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Register for this webinar

Have you ever missed a dose of your prescription medication? Do you wonder if there are any foods you shouldn’t be eating because of drug interactions? Join us for a one-hour, online Q&A session called iHOPE: Medication Adherence Ask the Experts on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at noon EST. Ask pharmacist Chris Gauthier, RPh, questions about staying on track with your medications.

The Q&A session is a follow-up to the popular webinar iHOPE: Medication Adherence. You don’t have to have seen the original webinar to participate in the Q&A, but you can still catch it online.

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Get $50 for Your Opinion

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National Stroke Association is conducting focus groups with stroke survivors and caregivers on smartphone applications. We need participants who use smartphones and participants who don’t. Participants will be compensated $50 for their time. If you live in the Denver area and are interested in learning more, please contact Laura at (303) 754-0906 or lbeving@stroke.org.

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Who Is Your Stroke Champion?

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Whether your Stroke Champion is a survivor, caregiver, family member, friend or healthcare provider, this year you can let them know how much they mean to you, while raising vital funds for stroke. If you give at least $25, your Champion’s name will be listed on a special webpage in January 2013.

Give in honor of your Champion now!

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“I stood up and … a ‘thunderbolt headache’ shot through the left side of my skull.” –Suzie, stroke survivor

Read Suzie’s story in the Faces of Stroke℠ gallery.


Stroke Facilities
Near You

This year, 43 healthcare facilities have joined us as members. Find your nearest member stroke care facility on our website.

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Corporate Alliance Board Members

Chairman level
Allergan, Inc. • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Genentech, Inc.

Executive level
Medtronic, Inc.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company/Pfizer Inc. Partnership

Director level
ACORDA Therapeutics
Avanir PharmaceuticalsLundbeck
Patterson Medical

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