The following Web sites are listed in alphabetical, NOT ranked, order. Clicking on any of the links below will open the professional site in a new window.
American Heart Association (AHA)
The mission of the AHA is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Among the major sections of this web site are: warning signs of heart attack, stroke and cardiac arrest; heart & stoke encyclopedia; local Association chapters. The web site is also available in Spanish.
American Stroke Association
This is a division of the American Heart Association. The website includes: warning signs and risk factors; life after stoke; information for healthcare professionals; heart & stroke encyclopedia; list stroke support groups (searchable by zip code); free online application to the journal Stroke Connection, as well as access to current and past articles. Portions of the website are available in Spanish.
Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association (CHASA)
CHASA offers information to families of children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy, hemiplegia, hemiparesis, and various types of stroke (prenatal, perinatal, in utero, neonatal, infant, childhood). Among the many resources are: treatments, rehabilitation, and therapy; current research; sports and Internet activities for children; tips for daily living; Annual Family Retreat; CHASA scholarship; link to Hemi-Kids, an email information-sharing and support group for parents.
Internet Stroke Center
The Stroke Center, at the Washington University School of Medicine, is an independent source for information about stroke care and research. The site is organized into three sections: Patients/Families, Professionals/Students, and Stroke Trial Registry (a continuously updated registry of randomized clinical trials). The Stroke Diagnosis section includes diagnostic tests, stroke scales, image library, and stroke syndromes.
National Aphasia Association (NAA)
The NAA promotes public education, research, rehabilitation and support services to assist people with aphasia. The web site includes: current news and research; information packets on many aphasia topics; community groups and support networks; links to aphasia sites in other languages; order form for publications, brochures, videotapes, and the book The Aphasia Handbook : A Guide for Stroke and Brain Injury Survivors and Their Families. There is also an online application for the free email bulletin AphasiaNews, and access to current and past issues.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
NINDS, part of the National Institutes of Health, is the nations’ leading supporter of biomedical research on disorders of the brain and nervous system. The web site includes: extensive alphabetical list of disorders; current research news and events; job openings and training; funding and grant information; congressional testimony; order form for interactive DVD training tool for administering and scoring the NIH Stroke Scale.
National Stroke Association (NSA)
The NSA is the only national organization that focuses all its efforts on stroke. The major sections of the web site are: What is Stroke; Risk factors; Prevention; Recovery. Information centers cover the topics: medical professionals; stroke survivors; caregivers and families; specific stroke information for women, African Americans, and children. The site includes a free online application to the journal StrokeSmart, as well as access to current and past articles. The NSA Store has a downloadable (pdf format) catalog of Stroke Education Materials.
Pediatric Stroke Network (PSN)
The goal of the PSN is to bring together friends and families of infant or childhood stroke survivors from around the world. The web site includes: specific sections for cerebral palsy, epilepsy & seizures, hemiplegia, hemiparesis, hypotonia, and vision Issues. The web site also includes email and chat support groups consisting of parents, family members and medical professionals.
The Stroke Network
This is an online stroke support and information group designed to help everyone in the stroke family and is available 24/7. The purpose is to provide on line support for stroke survivors and caregivers of adult stroke. The Stroke Network web pages are available in 8 languages.