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Little boy named Cruz in hospital bed after stroke surgery

Strokes: 5 surprising facts about who’s at risk

Knowing what to do can save a life.
Pat Miller Pat Miller 8 min read
MMA ring in the Sanford Pentagon

Sanford sports scientists studying ways to make MMA safer

LFA 64 event brings fighters to Sanford Pentagon this Friday
Paul Heinert Paul Heinert 6 min read
Stroke survivor Mark Lester

Stroke or seizure? It can be a fine line between the two

'Stroke has a lot of mimics.'
Jane Heilmann Jane Heilmann 13 min read
Matt and Bonnie Puro and his cracked helmet

Bicycling injuries leave man thankful for care

'I consider myself in the lucky to be moving department.'
Pat Miller Pat Miller 9 min read

Regaining independence after ALS diagnosis

A stairclimber and upstairs rail system from Sanford Health HealthCare Accessories helps woman stay in home.
Nadine Aljets Nadine Aljets 9 min read

Barking dog alerts woman that she was having a stroke

Sharon Solum of Moorhead, Minnesota, remembers waking up in the middle of the night on Feb. 11, 2017, wanting to check on her mother who’d had surgery the day before. Solum struggled to get out of bed and couldn’t sit up. Suddenly her dog, Boo, started barking and jumping on her chest, something she’d never […]
Jane Heilmann Jane Heilmann 3 min read
Stroke victim, Kayla Dierkhising

Stroke team innovates new procedure to save college student

With spring semester finals approaching at Bemidji State University, Kayla Dierkhising was stressing like a typical college student would: studying more and sleeping less. She easily blamed school work for a growing headache. But on exam day, a roommate found Dierkhising unconscious on the floor and called 911. “I was lying in bed and I vaguely […]
Emily Fink Emily Fink 3 min read
Headshot of Kate Higgins

How a neuropsychologist helps in recovery from brain injury

Young or old, we all are susceptible to the unexpected. Getting hit by a car. Falling off a trampoline. Slamming onto the field. Life is full of unforeseen accidents, and these can result in injury. While the damage of physical injuries is more visible – a broken bone, muscle pain, bruising – brain injuries can […]
SHN Staff SHN Staff 5 min read

Learning about your stroke risk: Podcast

The Vascular Screen at Sanford Health uses advanced tools and diagnostics to uncover critical details about the health of your vascular system. This screen is for those age 40 and older. Type 1 diabetics should get screened at age 30 or older. Heidi Fodness, a registered nurse for heart and vascular services at Sanford Health, […]
Alan Helgeson Alan Helgeson 2 min read

Family celebrates daughter’s memory with gift

"She would have been a great doctor."
SHN Staff SHN Staff 3 min read