MPR News with Angela Davis

Stroke signs and symptoms, and the long road to recovery

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Brain scans are displayed during a research session at the University of Minnesota's Center for Magnetic Resonance Research in Minneapolis.
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Would you know the signs of a stroke if you saw them in a friend or a family member? 

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Nearly 800,000 people have a stroke each year in the United States. 

MPR News host Angela Davis hears from a neurologist about the causes, signs and symptoms of a stroke.  

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MPR News host Angela Davis (back row) talks with Roberta Hunt, Ph.D. (center), a former professor of nursing at St. Catherine University in St. Paul and serious stroke survivor, Jackie Smith (left), Roberta's daughter and Barbara Champlin, Ph.D. (right), a former professor of nursing at St. Catherine University and the University of Minnesota and a former colleague of Roberta’s.
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She also hears from a survivor about her road to recovery after her life-changing stroke — and why she teamed up with a colleague to share her experience with the medical community, resulting in a study published in the medical journal Rehabilitation Nursing: “The Lived Experience of Serious Stroke Survival.”

Guests:   

  • Dr. “Vic” Vikram Jadhav is an interventional neurologist at Essentia Health in Duluth. 

  • Roberta Hunt, Ph.D., is a former professor of nursing at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. She survived a serious stroke in May 2020, and together with her former colleague published an academic case study on her survivorship experience.

  • Barbara Champlin, Ph.D., is a former professor of nursing at St. Catherine University and the University of Minnesota and Roberta’s former colleague. She worked with Roberta to publish an academic case study on Roberta’s survivorship experience.

  • Jackie Smith is Roberta’s daughter.

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