May 21: 'Walk, Wine and Wellness' at Diamondback Grill

Enjoy a healthy meal and wine specials at Diamondback Grill on Thursday, May 21, from 6 to 9 p.m., and 10 percent of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the N.C. Stroke Association. If you take a lovely stroll on a spring evening to the restaurant, Diamondback will donate 15 percent to NCSA … you just have to tell your server!

And don’t forget to post pictures on the NCSA Facebook page! We’d love to see photos of everyone out and about walking to a neighborhood restaurant. Reservations are recommended. Diamondback is located at 751 N. Avalon Road in Winston-Salem.

Artwork by NCSA Executive Director Beth Parks will be on display as part of NCSA's Art of Healing fundraiser.

NCSA 2015 Partnership Grants

Applications are now available for NCSA's 2015 Partnership Grants and the deadline to apply is May 31, 2015. These funds are available to assist hospitals in utilizing best practices for building their stroke programs.

Applications available here

Registration Open for Cycle for Life 2015

Individual and team registration is now open on for 2015 Cycle for Life. Saturday, June 13th Hanover Park Vineyard in Yadkinville, NC

You can also download registration forms and event information here

Help spread the word in your communities about the signs and symptoms of stroke. Awareness and education are key pillars of NCSA's mission to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke in North Carolina.

Learn more!

Mark Your Calendars: Cycle for Life 2015

Saturday, June 13th
Hanover Park Vineyard in Yadkinville, NC

Partnership Nurses Luncheon

In November 2014, the NC Stroke Association hosted its 11th Annual Partnership Nurses Luncheon in Winston-Salem. Attended by stroke care professionals representing hospitals across North Carolina — from Vidant Health in Greenville to Mission Health in Asheville — the participants welcomed a special guest from Charlotte: stroke survivor Harshada Rajani, along with her parents and grandmother.

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Have You or Someone You Know Suffered From a Stroke?

Educational presentation series for stroke survivors & their caregivers in the western North Carolina area. Developing a stroke survivor community to learn and enhance health & wellbeing after a stroke.

Nov 5-19
Hosted by Western Carolina University

For more info, click here!

6th Annual Run/Walk for Christ & Stroke Awareness

Saturday, October 11th 8:00 start

Hosted by Garris Chapel UMC in La Grange, N.C.

To register, visit

Proceeds shared with the NC Stroke Association

N.C. Stroke Association Names Two Notable Stroke Advocates to Board of Directors

Anita Holmes

Dr. Robert A. Yapundich

The N.C. Stroke Association (NCSA) has named Anita Holmes and Dr. Robert A. Yapundich to its Board of Directors.

Anita Holmes is the Executive Director of the Justus-Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force and Director of the N.C. Stroke Care Collaborative. As Executive Director of the Task Force, she leads this legislatively mandated Task Force in identifying and publicizing the burden of heart disease and stroke across the state and working with resources such as the N.C. Stroke Association in improving the cardiovascular health of North Carolinians.

Dr. Robert A. Yapundich is a neurologist in private practice since 1996 with Neurology Associates in Hickory, N.C. He is actively involved in clinical research, and currently serves as the stroke director at Catawba Valley Medical Center and has served as past-president of the North Carolina Neurological Society and is currently a board member of the North Carolina Medical Society. Dr. Yapundich has been named one of the top 50 Neurologists in North Carolina by U.S. News and World Report.

"The N.C. Stroke Association is extremely fortunate to have such strong stroke advocates joining our Board of Directors as we work toward expanding our stroke education and prevention programs across North Carolina," said Beth Parks, executive director of the N.C. Stroke Association.

The 2014 officers for the N.C. Stroke Association are Dr. Charles Tegeler, president; Jay Briley, vice-president; Ann Lanier Spencer, secretary; and William Hollan, Jr., treasurer.

First Guidelines for Reducing Stroke Risks in Women Released

The first guidelines specific to women for preventing strokes have been issued by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. visit this link!

Free Webinar

Free webinar from Greensboro AHEC on "Meaningful Use" with 1 contact hour. For more information, visit this link!

Annual Partnership Nurses Luncheon

The NC Stroke Association hosted its 10th Annual Partnership Nurses Luncheon and announced that renaming of the event to be the Janet Grieve Luncheon in honor of one of NCSA's strongest supporters. The luncheon is a valuable opportunity for stroke care professionals to gather and discuss shared issues and opportunities, to learn, and to collaborate on our efforts to combat stroke within local communities and across North Carolina.

Margaret Rudisill, NCSA Program Director and Director of Quality for Stanly Regional Medical Center, with stroke nurses from around NC

Margaret Rudisill, NCSA Program Director and Director of Quality for Stanly Regional Medical Center, with stroke nurses from around NC

Wendy Roper from Cleveland Regional Medical Center, Margaret Rudisill, from Stanly Regional Medical Center, and Amy Jones from Forsyth Medical Center

Sue Ashcraft from Cone Health, Robin Jones from Mission Health, and Janet Ragle from Wilson Medical Center

Robin Jones, Mission Health, Margaret Rudisill, NCSA Program Director, and Dr. Charles Tegeler, NCSA Board President

NC Stroke Association's SHAPE Award presented in Asheville

Robin Jones, Stroke Program Coordinator for Mission Health System in Asheville, was honored with the NC Stroke Association's SHAPE award (Stroke Heroes Advocating Prevention and Education).

At the November 14 event, held at the Asheville Country Club, NCSA Executive Director Beth Parks, said, "There are many wonderful people and organizations positively impacting stroke care and prevention across our state, and Robin stands out as a leader amongst them. When I met Robin in 2004, I immediately knew that she was a visionary for what Mission Hospital could become as it pertained to stroke care and treatment. A stroke happens in an instant but its effects can last a lifetime. Robin understands this, and it is her unyielding passion for stroke prevention that has led to many lives being saved."

Robin Jones speaks at 2013 SHAPE Award event in Asheville.

Robin Jones honored at 2013 SHAPE Award event.

For more information, click here.

Cycle for Life 2013 Info!

The North Carolina Stroke Association will host its 10th annual "Cycle for Life" bike tour on Saturday, October 5th at Hanover Park Vineyard in Yadkinville, North Carolina. Click here to find out more!

New evidence suggests intensive exercise can improve stroke recovery compared to 'standard of care' rehabilitation

Many of the statistics about stroke are troubling. The disorder is the third leading cause of death in the world. And, because stroke risk rises sharply after age 60, countries with large "boomer" populations, such as the United States, are on course for a substantial increase in stroke prevalence in upcoming decades...Click here to read the article

Triad Living Features NC Stroke

The NC Stroke Association was profiled in the summer issue of Triad Living Magazine in recognition of the organization’s 15th anniversary and continued success with stroke prevention and education programs across the state. Click here to read the article

NC Stroke in Forsyth Woman and Buena Vista Life Magazines

Forsyth Woman and Buena Vista Life magazines cover the successful Women Honoring Women luncheon held earlier this spring. The luncheon, which honored Ann Lewallen Spencer, was orchestrated by NCSA board members Louise Broyhill, Ann Lanier Spencer, Christy Spencer, Liz Kelly, Jane Ahles and Susan Gordon.

Applying for Disability Benefits after a Stroke

The effects of having a stroke impact nearly every aspect of an individual's life-particularly the ability to work and earn a living. Unemployment combined with extensive medical bills can pose additional financial difficulty. If you or a loved one has suffered a stroke that has severely limited your ability to perform everyday tasks and essential job functions, you may qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Click here to read more

Public Radio East's interview with Margaret Rudisill and Jo Malfitano about the incidence of stroke in eastern North Carolina

Click here to hear an interview with NCSA Program Coordinator Margaret Rudisill along with Jo Malfitano of Onslow Memorial Hospital, an NCSA partner hospital, and other health professionals as they discuss the incidence of stroke in North Carolina, paths to prevention and advances in treatment options.

Many thanks to Margaret and Jo for making themselves available for this important outreach opportunity.

NC Stroke Association Marks 15th Anniversary at Women Honoring Women Luncheon

This year's Women Honoring Women luncheon, held March 7 at Old Town Country Club, marked NCSA's 15th Anniversary and honored long-time supporter Ann Lewallen Spencer. Ann is the sister-in-law of Ann Lanier Spencer, one of the original founding members of the NC Stroke Association, and a co-organizer of the Women Honoring Women luncheons along with Jane Ahles, Susan Gordon and Liz Kelly.

"We are so thrilled to be honoring Ann Lewallen Spencer on the occasion of our 15th anniversary," said Beth Parks, executive director of the NC Stroke Association. "Ann and her family have been so supportive of the North Carolina Stroke Association.

"Women have helped shape the NC Stroke Association in so many ways - as board members, staff, event organizers and stroke health-care providers," continued Parks. "Their impact cannot be overstated and we are so grateful to their contributions. Today, the NC Stroke Association serves an important role as a statewide institution that is significantly improving North Carolina's efforts to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke."

Dr. Charles Tegeler, NCSA Board President and Director of the Telestroke Network at Wake Forest Baptist Health, spoke at the Women Honoring Women luncheon. Other speakers including Former U.S. Senator James Broyhill, who served as the event emcee, and NCSA Program Director Margaret Rudisill.

NC Stroke Association Program Director Margaret Rudisill spoke at the Women Honoring Women luncheon about the organization’s commitment to addressing the disparity in stroke education, prevention and care across North Carolina.

The NC Stroke Association was delighted to honor Ann Lewallen Spencer at our recent Women Honoring Women luncheon held March 7 in Winston-Salem. Former U.S. Senator James Broyhill, NCSA Executive Director Beth Parks and NCSA Board President Dr. Charles Tegeler joined Ann for a photo after the event.

The NC Stroke Association hosted its Women Honoring Women luncheon at Old Town Country Club in Winston-Salem on March 7. More than 175 people attended the event, which raised more than $21,000 for NCSA's education and outreach programs. Organizing the event were NCSA Board Members (L-R) Louise Broyhill, Christy Spencer, Ann Lanier Spencer, Jane Ahles, Liz Kelly and Susan Gordon.

Southern diet, fried foods, may raise stroke risk

Being in the "belt buckle" of the Stroke Belt, the results of this federally-funded study shed light on why North Carolinians are at higher risk for stroke. Read more...

Job Opportunity at Moses Cone

Cone Health is a state of the art network of facilities providing patients access to the latest developments in medical care from their first moments of life through later years. Read more...

Tomato helps cut the risk of a stroke, study shows

A diet that includes tomatoes could lower the chance of having a stroke. A new study shows that men who had the highest levels of lycopene—an antioxidant found in tomatoes—had fewer strokes than men who had the lowest level of lycopene in their blood. Overall, the risk of strokes was reduced by 55%. Read more...

More Strokes Occurring in Younger Age Groups

By MyHealthNewsDaily Staff

More young and middle-aged adults are having strokes, a new study suggests.

In 1994, 12.9 percent of strokes occurred in adults between ages 20 and 55, whereas in 2005, 18.6 percent of strokes occurred in this age group, according to the study of stroke rates in a four-county region of Ohio and Kentucky.

Additionally, the data showed that the average age of people who experienced a stroke fell from 71 in 1994 to 69 in 2005.

"The reasons for this trend could be a rise in risk factors such as diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol," said study author Dr. Brett Kissela, of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Ohio. However, factors such as improved diagnosis may also have contributed to the increase, he said.

"Regardless, the rising trend found in our study is of great concern for public health, because strokes in younger people translate to greater lifetime disability," Kissela said.

In the study, researchers looked at data on all stroke patients between ages 20 and 54 seen at hospitals, clinics and nursing homes during three separate, yearlong periods: July 1993 through June 1994, and the calendar years of 1999 and 2005. Only a patient's first stroke was included in the analysis.

The stroke rate among people over age 75 decreased between 1994 and 2005, according to the study, and other studies have shown a general decrease in stroke rates over recent decades. For example, the Framingham Heart Study reported a decline in stroke rates between 1950 and 2004.

"Any decline in stroke incidence is positive from a public health prospective, but reduced incidence in older ages is counterbalanced by the worrisome trend of younger strokes," Kissela and colleagues wrote in their study. Strokes at younger ages can mean a greater loss of productive life years, and greater health care expenses over time.

The new findings show that the trend toward younger stroke patients was seen in both African-Americans and Caucasians. The yearly stroke rate among African-Americans increased between 1994 and 2005 from 83 strokes to 128 strokes per 100,000 people, according to the study. Among Caucasians, the yearly stroke rate increased from 26 strokes to 48 strokes per 100,000 people over the same period.

Most of these increases were seen in a type of stroke called an ischemic stroke, which occurs when an artery bringing blood to the brain is blocked. (Another type — called a hemorrhagic stroke, which occurs when a blood vessel leaks or bursts — was less common.)

While the reasons for the increased stroke rate among younger people are not entirely clear, the researchers pointed to the findings of a separate survey of people in the region, which showed an increasing percentage had high cholesterol. Data from national surveys also show that rates of diabetes, high cholesterol, and obesity increased over the study period, they said.

"The good news is that some of the possible contributing factors to these strokes can be modified with lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise," Kissela said.

One question raised by the study is whether the increase is partly due to better diagnoses of stroke, according to two researchers who wrote an editorial accompanying the new study in the journal.

"The progressive adoption of MRI as a diagnostic tool during the study period challenges the validity," of comparing the stroke rates between the early 1990s and 2005, wrote Drs. Sally Sultan and Mitchell S. V. Elkind, both neurologists at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.

While the researchers tried to account for the increased use of MRI in their study, it likely still had an effect, Sultan and Elkind said.

However, if strokes are affecting more young people, there are public health implications, they said. "If strokes occur at earlier ages, as life expectancy increases, stroke-related disability will increase even more," they wrote.

5K for Stroke Support

NCSA encourages stroke advocates to participate in the upcoming 5K walk/run hosted by Garris United Methodist Church in La Grange, N.C. on Saturday, October 13. This is the second year that the church has donated a portion of the proceeds to the NC Stroke Association. We are so grateful for this support! Read more...

Cycle for Life 2012

Who can resist being outside on these gorgeous fall days? Can you walk, run or ride a bike / trike? Come on and join us at Hanover Park Vineyard in Yadkinville, NC, on October 6 for the annual Cycle for Life Bike Tour. Read more...

Heavy Drinking May Lead to Early Stroke

People who drank about three or more alcoholic drinks per day also had the strokes almost a decade and a half before those who didn't drink quite as much. ... Read more...

Yoga Steadies Stroke Victims

A yoga-based rehabilitation workout may help improve balance following stroke, a pilot randomized study found... Read more...

Small Changes In Treatment Keep Stroke Patients Alive

Stroke, until recently the third leading cause of death in the U.S., has dropped back to fourth place, reflecting a host of gradual improvements in preventing and treating the disease. Read more...

New Beyond the Hospital Video

The NC Stroke Association unveils a new video highlighting Beyond the Hospital, a program offered by NCSA to educate patients on secondary stroke prevention and post-stroke issues. Quality patient education leads to improved medical outcomes, better quality of life and reduced risks of repeat strokes. Click here to view it.

CNRN Review Course

Presented by Cynthia Bautista, PhD, RN, CNRN on Friday, June 22, 2012 at 8s-5p.
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If you or a loved one are experiencing Stroke symptoms, call 911 and get to the hospital IMMEDIATELY! Treatments are available that may dramatically reduce a Stroke’s devastating effects—but they must be provided within a few hours of the onset of a Stroke.