Monday, May 5, 2008

The Brain and Body Connection: Striking Back at Stroke

Cleo Hutton

Author/Speaker/Stroke Hero/Licensed Practical Nurse/Advocate
Cleo Hutton, from Minnesota, is a well-respected author, speaker, nurse, stroke survivor, and advocate for stroke awareness and recovery.
Hutton lectures around the world using her heart, humor, and experience to deliver a message of hope and healing.

Stroke Facts
Leading cause of adult disability
150,000 deaths per year
750,000 new strokes per year
4.7 million Stroke survivors

What is the impact of Stroke?
• On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds
• Every 3.3 minutes, someone dies of a stroke

What Causes a Stroke?
• Blockage from hardening of the arteries
• Floating blood clot
• Ruptured vessel

Types of Strokes:

Ischemic or Occlusive-occurs when a blood vessel bringing oxygen and nutrients to part of the brain becomes clogged
Hemorrhagic- blood vessel bursts or bleed in brain

A STROKE occurs when a blood vessel bringing oxygen and nutrients to part of the BRAIN becomes clogged or bursts.

Stroke Warning Signs
• Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
• Sudden confusion, trouble speaking
or understanding
• Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
• Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
• Sudden, severe headaches with no known cause (for hemorrhagic stroke)

Brain Attack (Stroke) is an emergency!

Read about Stroke’s impact, care, and recovery in:
Striking Back at Stroke: A Doctor-Patient Journal by Cleo Hutton & Louis R. Caplan, MD (Dana Press, Washington, DC, May 2003)

After a Stroke: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier by Cleo Hutton
(Demos Medical Publishing, New York, NY, June 2005)

“...Hutton discusses adaptive equipment, emotional liability, and the impact on family. Most of all, however, she talks about getting through the day and night—pillow arrangement, television, naps, and how to play cards and slice vegetables safely. Her book should reside on the shelves of public libraries, consumer health libraries, and private collections of physicians, nurses, and counselors; highly recommended.”-Library Journal

“…Hutton's useful advice will find many a hopeful reader …Hutton wants stroke survivors to get back into the daily routine, take on an acceptable level of independence, keep and good sense of humor and never to forget entertainment …And most importantly, Hutton inspires hope, a vital soothing force in the road to recovery.”- Kirkus Reports