Tag: Comprehensive Stroke Center

Teacher Returns to Classroom 8 Days After Stroke

Teacher Returns to Classroom 8 Days After Stroke

On the one year anniversary of his stroke, Blair Russell spent the evening with friends at Busch Stadium cheering his favorite team, the St. Louis Cardinals, on to a win.
On May 4, 2015, 37-year-old Blair Russell was teaching his fifth-graders math, just as he did every day after lunch. Suddenly, something felt off. “I was

Read More

May Is National Stroke Awareness Month

May Is National Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke has become the 5th leading cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 130,000 Americans each year. A stroke occurs when there is a blockage of vital blood flow and oxygen to the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. Fast, accurate treatment for stroke victims is critical for preserving

Read More

A stroke can happen at any age – even sweet 16

A stroke can happen at any age – even sweet 16

In September 2013, 16-year-old Nathan was an extremely active teenager and only weeks away from earning his black belt in karate, a sport he loved. After one class, he had a typical night—came home, ate dinner with his family and tried not to start a fight with his 14-year-old brother. He even enjoyed some ice

Read More

Myths About Stroke

Myths About Stroke

Although stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in America and a leading cause of adult disability, many myths surround this disease. Recognizing signs and symptoms of stroke is difficult and the symptoms are often mistaken for other conditions, such as the general signs of aging or symptoms of a heart attack. Test how

Read More

Why I Walk: Neurosciences team captain shares thoughts on Heart Walk

Why I Walk: Neurosciences team captain shares thoughts on Heart Walk

Mary Spencer, MSN, RN, is the executive director of neurosciences and orthopedics at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and is one of the hospital’s Heart Walk team captains. She explains why participating in the 2014 Heart Walk at Busch Stadium May 10 is important to her.
The American Heart Association’s mission is to build healthier lives, free of

Read More

Day in the Life of a CSRN – Calvin Thomas and JoAnn Burns

Day in the Life of a CSRN – Calvin Thomas and JoAnn Burns

Jo-Ann Burns and Calvin Thomas have earned a new credential to add after their names — stroke certified registered nurse (SCRN). Burns and Thomas were the first nurses within BJC HealthCare to attain the certification and are among only 13 certified stroke nurses in Missouri, and just more than 400 nationwide.
More than just additional

Read More