Patient Resources

General Stroke Resources

The American Stroke Association is a national voluntary health agency to help reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
The NIH StrokeNet Patient Page offers general information regarding stroke as well as links to resources and more information.

Stroke Support Groups

The American Stroke Association has a Stroke Support Group Finder that will let you search for stroke support groups near you.
Browse the list of open support groups hosted at TIRR Memorial Hermann facilities.

General Information About Clinical Trials

Here is a video on understanding clinical trials.
A good source for finding clinical trials is https://clinicaltrials.gov/.
ClinicalTrials.gov has instructions on searching for clinical trials.

Recent Stroke-related News

  • Preventing Vascular Dementia From Developing Is Possible When You Observe These 5 Habits

    International Business Times — Dementia is a chronic disorder characterized by impaired reasoning, memory lapses, and personality changes. The condition may come as a result of brain injury or disease that severely affected parts of the brain... Luckily, the risk of developing dementia can be minimized by switching to a healthier diet and making essential changes in lifestyle.

  • Self-Silencing Women May See Increased Risk of Stroke

    Psych Central — new study shows that women who do not speak up for themselves — called self-silencing — have increased carotid plaque buildup, which could lead to a stroke or other cardiovascular problems. People engage in a range of behaviors to maintain close relationships, some of which may be costly to their own health, researchers note.

  • Why Vegetarians Shouldn't Worry About That Recent Stroke Study

    Inverse — The study, published in the British Medical Journal last week, found people who followed vegetarian or vegan diets had a 20% higher risk of having a stroke compared to those who ate meat. But if you’re a vegetarian, there’s no need to panic. And if you’re a meat-eater, these results don’t suggest you should eat more meat. While we don’t fully understand why these results occurred, it’s important to note the study only showed an association between a vegetarian diet and increased stroke risk — not direct cause and effect.

  • Go Ahead, Take a Nap. A New Study Says They May Be Good for Your Heart

    TIME — A new study says naps aren’t a lazy indulgence. In moderation, they may actually be good for your heart. In a new paper published in the journal Heart, researchers found that Swiss adults who took one or two daytime naps per week had a lower risk of heart problems, including heart disease and strokes, than non-nappers.

  • A New Study Suggests Vegetarians and Vegans Are at Higher Risk of Stroke. But Don't Reach for That Steak Just Yet

    TIME — Vegetarians and vegans are likely to be concerned by the results of a new study with a surprising finding: those following meat-free diets, which are typically associated with better cardiovascular health, may actually have a higher risk of stroke than those who eat meat. But it’s too soon to run out and order a steak. The paper, published in the BMJ, found only a small increase in the risk of stroke, while confirming findings in other studies that vegetarians and vegans may have a lower risk of heart disease than meat-eaters.