"Life After Stroke"

Christopher Ewing

"Life After Stroke" is a new hit radio show hosted by Emmy Award winning TV host, motivational speaker and stroke survivor, Christopher Ewing. The show is recorded during an actual stroke support group and features interviews with doctors and therapists, as well as the chance for stroke survivors to be able to share what's on their mind. For more information, just go to www.TheStrokeChannel.TV! The "Life After Stroke" podcast is a production of the Hang On To The Dream Foundation, the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping children and adults reach their goals in life. If the "Life After Stroke" podcast is helpful to you, please consider becoming part of the foundations "Dream Team" by making a tax deductible donation to the Hang On To The Dream Foundation to assist them in their numerous outreach efforts. Just go to www.HangOnToTheDream.org/donations.

"Doctors discuss the alarming increase of stroke in young people during the COVID-19 pandemic"
May 11 2020
"Doctors discuss the alarming increase of stroke in young people during the COVID-19 pandemic"
In this special edition of "Life After Stroke with Christopher Ewing", Christopher chats with a team of doctors from the US and Canada who, individually, began to notice troubling anomalies in stroke patients in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and decided to reach out to each other to discuss and compare their alarming concerns. The guests on this episode are some of the leading doctors in the area of stroke. They are: - Dr. Andrew Xavier, a pioneer in the field of Vascular and Interventional Neurology - Dr. Priyank Khandelwal, Assistant Professor of Neurological surgery and Neurology At University Hospital in Newark, NJ- Dr. Adam Dmytriw at the University of Toronto, whose training includes the University of Oxford in the UK, Harvard University, and more.- Dr. Ambooj Tiwari, a stroke neurologist and Neurointerventional radiologist and surgeon, whose specific interest is in the endovascular management and treatment of patients with stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, AVM and aneurysms.Important topics covered by the doctors in this episode include:- the alarming increase of strokes among people in their 30s and 40s as a result of the coronavirus- the increase of illness in young children due to COVID-19, when it was originally thought that the virus does not affect kids- the life-threatening impact that COVID-19 appears to have on blood vessels during stroke surgery- why is "social distancing" and a worldwide shutdown necessary for COVID-19 when it wasn't necessary for SARS and MERS?- the sobering truth that a vaccine may never be developed that can fight the COVID-19 virus And much, much more.  This is, truly, a "must hear" interview!"Life After Stroke" is a hit radio show hosted by Emmy Award winning TV host, motivational speaker, and stroke survivor, Christopher Ewing.   Join our weekly online stroke support groups!  Just go to www.thestrokechannel.tv for more info and to sign up!“Life After Stroke” is a production of the Hang On To The Dream Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping people reach their goals in life.  For more information, or to make a donation, just go to www.hangontothedream.org. Be sure to download The Stroke Channel TV app, FREE in the Google Play and iTunes App stores! Also, The Stroke Channel is now on television on Roku and Amazon Fire TV! Roku and Amazon Fire TV are the leading television platforms seen in millions of households around the world! So for news, information, therapeutic exercises, entertainment and more, all centered on Stroke, be sure to tune into The Stroke Channel, now on Roku and Amazon Fire TV!
SPECIAL REPORT: "COVID-19 & Stroke" - Interview w/ Dr. Mitchell Elkind, pres. of Amer. Stroke Assoc.
Apr 19 2020
SPECIAL REPORT: "COVID-19 & Stroke" - Interview w/ Dr. Mitchell Elkind, pres. of Amer. Stroke Assoc.
On this special episode of "Life After Stroke with Christopher Ewing", Christopher chats with Dr. Mitchell Elkind, vascular neurologist, Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology at Columbia University, and President-Elect of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, on the topic of the COVID-19 virus and how it relates to stroke survivors.Important questions covered in this episode include:- Is having had a stroke in the past considered a "pre-existing condition" that puts a stroke survivor at greater risk should they catch the virus?- Can catching COVID-19 cause a stroke?- If we feel like we are having symptoms of a stroke, is it even safe to go to the hospital during the pandemic?- What additional precautions should a stroke survivor take during this pandemic?And much, much more. This is a "must hear" interview, especially if you are a stroke survivor, or their caregiver."Life After Stroke" is a hit radio show hosted by Emmy Award winning TV host, motivational speaker, and stroke survivor, Christopher Ewing.   Join our weekly online stroke support groups!  Just go to www.thestrokechannel.tv for more info and to sign up!“Life After Stroke” is a production of the Hang On To The Dream Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping people reach their goals in life.  For more information, or to make a donation, just go to www.hangontothedream.org. Be sure to download The Stroke Channel TV app, FREE in the Google Play and iTunes App stores! Also, The Stroke Channel is now on television on Roku and Amazon Fire TV! Roku and Amazon Fire TV are the leading television platforms seen in millions of households around the world! So for news, information, therapeutic exercises, entertainment and more, all centered on Stroke, be sure to tune into The Stroke Channel, now on Roku and Amazon Fire TV!
"Live at the Abilities Expo" - Interviews w/ Disability Lawyers, Therapists and more!
Oct 4 2019
"Live at the Abilities Expo" - Interviews w/ Disability Lawyers, Therapists and more!
This episode of "Life After Stroke with Christopher Ewing" features broadcast coverage from the Abilities Expo in the Chicago, IL area and in Houston, TX. During this episode, Christopher chats with:- Disability attorneys who offer advice on how to handle legal issues and insurance company issues- An organization helping those with aphasia- Physical Therapists and Recreational Therapists- an 18 year old stroke survivor who had a stroke while in her mother's womb and more."Life After Stroke" is a hit radio show hosted by Emmy Award winning TV host, motivational speaker, and stroke survivor, Christopher Ewing.   Join our weekly online stroke support groups!  Just go to www.thestrokechannel.tv for more info and to sign up!“Life After Stroke” is a production of the Hang On To The Dream Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping people reach their goals in life.  For more information, or to make a donation, just go to www.hangontothedream.org. Be sure to download The Stroke Channel TV app, FREE in the Google Play and iTunes App stores! Also, The Stroke Channel is now on television on Roku and Amazon Fire TV! Roku and Amazon Fire TV are the leading television platforms seen in millions of households around the world! So for news, information, therapeutic exercises, entertainment and more, all centered on Stroke, be sure to tune into The Stroke Channel, now on Roku and Amazon Fire TV!
"The Facts on Stem Cell Therapy for Stroke Recovery"
Jul 13 2019
"The Facts on Stem Cell Therapy for Stroke Recovery"
In this very important episode of "Life After Stroke with Christopher Ewing", Christopher speaks with Dr. Jason Hinman, Assistant Professor of Neurology in the Stroke and Neuro-rehabilitation Divisions at the UCLA Stroke Center in Los Angeles, CA.Topics covered in this episode include:- Does stem therapy work in stroke survivors?- How is stem cell therapy performed in the body?- Is stem cell therapy safe?- Are there any particular stroke deficits that stem cell therapy will not work on?- Stroke survivors and the increased possibility of dementia? - What type of clinical trials are taking place that are centered around stem cell therapy?- How can I volunteer to be a part of a clinical trial? - Are the clinics that currently advertise stem cell therapy for stroke safe?and more!Contact Info: Dr. Jason Hinman trial information at UCLA: trial information across the US: After Stroke" is a hit radio show hosted by Emmy Award winning TV host, motivational speaker, and stroke survivor, Christopher Ewing.   Join our weekly online stroke support groups!  Just go to www.thestrokechannel.tv for more info and to sign up!“Life After Stroke” is a production of the Hang On To The Dream Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping people reach their goals in life.  For more information, or to make a donation, just go to www.hangontothedream.org. Be sure to download The Stroke Channel TV app, FREE in the Google Play and iTunes App stores! Also, The Stroke Channel is now on television on Roku and Amazon Fire TV! Roku and Amazon Fire TV are the leading television platforms seen in millions of households around the world! So for news, information, therapeutic exercises, entertainment and more, all centered on Stroke, be sure to tune into The Stroke Channel, now on Roku and Amazon Fire TV!
"Headaches After a Stroke" - How to Know If It Could Be Another Stroke
May 4 2019
"Headaches After a Stroke" - How to Know If It Could Be Another Stroke
So if you are a stroke survivor, then you may have experienced headaches that are more painful, and more frequent, than you did before your stroke. And since headaches can be a warning sign that another stroke could be happening, how do you know when your post-stroke headache is an emergency vs. when it is not? "How do you know when it's time to go" to the ER to get it checked out? This week on "Life After Stroke with Christopher Ewing", Christopher chats with Dr. Robert Darflinger, a neurointerventional surgeon who specializes in stroke.Topics covered in this episode include:- Why do some stroke survivors have headaches more often, and more painful, than before their stroke?- How long do stroke survivors experience headaches post-stroke?- Do TIA’s occur prior to hemorrhagic strokes or just ischemic strokes?- Why do TIA’s subside?- What is an occluded artery? - What happens if a carotid artery is completely blocked?- What is the Circle of Willis?- What is a TCD?And much, much more!  Plus, in a new segment we call "Care For Caregivers with Kathi Koll", author and caregiver Kathi Koll speaks on the topic of what to do if you find yourself being suddenly thrust into the new role of "caregiver" for your loved one."Life After Stroke" is a hit radio show hosted by Emmy Award winning TV host, motivational speaker, and stroke survivor, Christopher Ewing.   Join our weekly online stroke support groups!  Just go to www.thestrokechannel.tv for more info and to sign up!“Life After Stroke” is a production of the Hang On To The Dream Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping people reach their goals in life.  For more information, or to make a donation, just go to www.hangontothedream.org. Be sure to download The Stroke Channel TV app, FREE in the Google Play and iTunes App stores! Also, The Stroke Channel is now on television on Roku and Amazon Fire TV! Roku and Amazon Fire TV are the leading television platforms seen in millions of households around the world! So for news, information, therapeutic exercises, entertainment and more, all centered on Stroke, be sure to tune into The Stroke Channel, now on Roku and Amazon Fire TV!
"Diet and Stroke"
Apr 13 2019
"Diet and Stroke"
This week on "Life After Stroke with Christopher Ewing", Christopher chats with Maria Fisk, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center on the importance of maintaining a healthy diet, pre and post stroke. Topics covered in this episode include:- Which foods are safest for a stroke survivor to eat?- How many milligrams of salt per serving is safe for a stroke survivor? - Are there any foods that can help prevent a stroke?- When you read food labels, what are the exact range of numbers that a stroke survivor should stay within when it comes to calories and sodium?- Is there that big of a difference between frying vs. grilling?- Is turkey that much more healthy?- How safe are diet sodas?- What is a good diet plan that a stroke survivor should be on? And much, much more! Plus, a special announcement about a new feature to each episode of “Life After Stroke”!"Life After Stroke" is a hit radio show hosted by Emmy Award winning TV host, motivational speaker, and stroke survivor, Christopher Ewing.   Join our weekly online stroke support groups!  Just go to www.thestrokechannel.tv for more info and to sign up!“Life After Stroke” is a production of the Hang On To The Dream Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping people reach their goals in life.  For more information, or to make a donation, just go to www.hangontothedream.org. Be sure to download The Stroke Channel TV app, FREE in the Google Play and iTunes App stores! Also, The Stroke Channel is now on television on Roku and Amazon Fire TV! Roku and Amazon Fire TV are the leading television platforms seen in millions of households around the world! So for news, information, therapeutic exercises, entertainment and more, all centered on Stroke, be sure to tune into The Stroke Channel, now on Roku and Amazon Fire TV!
Abilities Expo
Mar 11 2019
Abilities Expo
This week on "Life After Stroke with Christopher Ewing", Christopher chats with David Korse, President & CEO of Abilities Expo, a nationwide trade show dedicated to highlighting products geared for those who may have a physical disability or motor function impairment. Abilities Expo brings exhibitors from around the world all under one roof, allowing visitors to see, up-close, some of the wonderful products that are out there that can make life easier.Christopher recently attended the Abilities Expo in Los Angeles, and was so impressed, that he decided to devote an entire episode of "Life After Stroke" to Abilities Expo. And he even features his own version of "Christopher's Favorite Things" by highlighting some of the things that he liked the most at the expo! Abilities Expo website: Access Travel website: After Stroke" is a hit radio show hosted by Emmy Award winning TV host, motivational speaker, and stroke survivor, Christopher Ewing.   Join our weekly online stroke support groups!  Just go to www.thestrokechannel.tv for more info and to sign up!“Life After Stroke” is a production of the Hang On To The Dream Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping people reach their goals in life.  For more information, or to make a donation, just go to www.hangontothedream.org. Be sure to download The Stroke Channel TV app, FREE in the Google Play and iTunes App stores! Also, The Stroke Channel is now on television on Roku and Amazon Fire TV! Roku and Amazon Fire TV are the leading television platforms seen in millions of households around the world! So for news, information, therapeutic exercises, entertainment and more, all centered on Stroke, be sure to tune into The Stroke Channel, now on Roku and Amazon Fire TV!
Cognitive Difficulties
Feb 28 2019
Cognitive Difficulties
On this week's show, we chat with Dr. Annette Swain, a clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in cognitive difficulties following a stroke.Topics covered in this episode include:- Following a stroke, what area of the brain is more prone to cause cognitive difficulties?- Do all strokes cause some type of cognitive difficulty?- What type of cognitive difficulties happen the most following a stroke?- What is actually happening in the brain during a stroke that causes cognitive difficulties?- Oxygen deficiency vs. nutrient deficiency - Dysarthria and Aphasia- Exercises that can help alleviate cognitive difficulties- Can cognitive difficulties still improve years after a stroke?- Importance of mental stimulation and much more!Dr. Swain's website: After Stroke" is a hit radio show hosted by Emmy Award winning TV host, motivational speaker, and stroke survivor, Christopher Ewing.   Join our weekly online stroke support groups!  Just go to www.thestrokechannel.tv for more info and to sign up!“Life After Stroke” is a production of the Hang On To The Dream Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping people reach their goals in life.  For more information, or to make a donation, just go to www.hangontothedream.org. Be sure to download The Stroke Channel TV app, FREE in the Google Play and iTunes App stores! Also, The Stroke Channel is now on television on Roku and Amazon Fire TV! Roku and Amazon Fire TV are the leading television platforms seen in millions of households around the world! So for news, information, therapeutic exercises, entertainment and more, all centered on Stroke, be sure to tune into The Stroke Channel, now on Roku and Amazon Fire TV!
Interview w/ author Kathi Koll
Feb 18 2019
Interview w/ author Kathi Koll
On this week's show, we chat with Kathi Koll, author of the book “Kick Ass Kinda Girl: A Memoir of Life, Love and Caregiving”. She is also the president and founder of the Kathi Koll Foundation, which offers support for caregivers. In 2005, Kathi’s husband, Don, suffered a major stroke that left him paralyzed from the neck down and on a respirator. Doctors said he would only live for 24 hours, but he went on to live for another 6 1/2 years. In this very poignant interview, Kathi details some of the highs and lows and ups and downs that she experienced as her life as a wife now included taking on the role of caregiver.Besides all of the wonderful memories that Kathi shares about her life with her husband, topics covered in this episode include:- how to still find joy in the midst of tragedy- the guilt and anger that can be felt by a caregiver - the loss of intimacy a spouse may feel as a caregiver- the importance for a caregiver to set aside some “me time"and much, much more! This is a “must hear” interview, especially for all caregivers!Kathi's website: After Stroke" is a hit radio show hosted by Emmy Award winning TV host, motivational speaker, and stroke survivor, Christopher Ewing.   Join our weekly online stroke support groups!  Just go to www.thestrokechannel.tv for more info and to sign up!“Life After Stroke” is a production of the Hang On To The Dream Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping people reach their goals in life.  For more information, or to make a donation, just go to www.hangontothedream.org. Be sure to download The Stroke Channel TV app, FREE in the Google Play and iTunes App stores! Also, The Stroke Channel is now on television on Roku and Amazon Fire TV! Roku and Amazon Fire TV are the leading television platforms seen in millions of households around the world! So for news, information, therapeutic exercises, entertainment and more, all centered on Stroke, be sure to tune into The Stroke Channel, now on Roku and Amazon Fire TV!
"Spasticity and Botox"
Feb 10 2019
"Spasticity and Botox"
On this week's show, we chat with Dr. Echo Tan, Assistant Professor of Neurology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Tan has been in the neurology department at Cedars for over 4 years and is a specialist in movement disorders, and treating spasticity in stroke survivors through the use of botox. Topics covered in this episode include:- What is spasticity?- When does spasticity usually happen following a stroke?- Spasticity is also a sign of recovery! How?- Which type of stroke is more likely to develop spasticity?- What is botox?- How does botox work in the alleviation of spasticity?- What is the procedure of injecting botox for spasticity?- How long does the procedure take?- How long until the botox takes effect and one can expect to see improvement?- How long does the effect of the botox last?- Is there ever a point in someone’s recovery where it is too late to achieve any benefit from botox injections for spasticity? - Is there any case where botox would not be recommended for a stroke survivor?- Why does spasticity seem more severe in the morning and at night?- Is spasticity and nerve sensitivity the same thing? - Does insurance cover botox injections for spasticity? And much more!In the second half of the show, our stroke support group experiences a very emotional moment as one of our support group participants achieves a major breakthrough during the meeting!"Life After Stroke" is a hit radio show hosted by Emmy Award winning TV host, motivational speaker, and stroke survivor, Christopher Ewing.   Join our weekly online stroke support groups!  Just go to www.thestrokechannel.tv for more info and to sign up!“Life After Stroke” is a production of the Hang On To The Dream Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping people reach their goals in life.  For more information, or to make a donation, just go to www.hangontothedream.org. Be sure to download The Stroke Channel TV app, FREE in the Google Play and iTunes App stores! Also, The Stroke Channel is now on television on Roku and Amazon Fire TV! Roku and Amazon Fire TV are the leading television platforms seen in millions of households around the world! So for news, information, therapeutic exercises, entertainment and more, all centered on Stroke, be sure to tune into The Stroke Channel, now on Roku and Amazon Fire TV!
"Occupational Therapy for Stroke"
Jan 31 2019
"Occupational Therapy for Stroke"
On this week's show, we chat with Megan K. Young, Occupational Therapy Supervisor at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, CA.Ms. Young received her Master’s of Arts in Occupational Therapy from University of Southern California in 2010, began her professional OT career in the pediatric setting, but had a desire to work with the adult population in a hospital setting and made the transition in 2013. She has experience working in acute care, acute rehabilitation, and home health settings.Topics covered in this episode include:- occupational therapy techniques used in the hospital immediately following a stroke- "learned non-use" of an affected limb- mirror therapy- exercises that a stroke survivor should do to maintain range of motion- what a caregiver can do to help a stroke survivor regain greater use of an affected limb- techniques that stroke survivors can do to regain movement in their hand and/or arm and much more!"Life After Stroke" is a hit radio show hosted by Emmy Award winning TV host, motivational speaker, and stroke survivor, Christopher Ewing.   Join our weekly online stroke support groups!  Just go to www.thestrokechannel.tv for more info and to sign up!“Life After Stroke” is a production of the Hang On To The Dream Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping people reach their goals in life.  For more information, or to make a donation, just go to www.hangontothedream.org. Be sure to download The Stroke Channel TV app, FREE in the Google Play and iTunes App stores! Also, The Stroke Channel is now on television on Roku and Amazon Fire TV! Roku and Amazon Fire TV are the leading television platforms seen in millions of households around the world! So for news, information, therapeutic exercises, entertainment and more, all centered on Stroke, be sure to tune into The Stroke Channel, now on Roku and Amazon Fire TV!
"Physical Therapy for Stroke"
Jan 19 2019
"Physical Therapy for Stroke"
This week on "Life After Stroke with Christopher Ewing", we chat with Qing Zhang, a Doctor of Medicine in Beijing China, who is now a Neuro-Certified Specialist in Physical Therapy at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.Topics covered in this episode include:- The most common physical deficits following a stroke - Why is there weakness following a stroke▪How to get stronger following a stroke- How to strengthen your ability to walk better following a stroke- Time frame of potential recovery following a stroke (there's a wider range of time than you may think!) - Post-stroke pain- Spasticity- the importance of maintaining range of motion▪Important exercises to promote as much return as possible following a stroke and much, much more!"Life After Stroke" is a hit radio show hosted by Emmy Award winning TV host, motivational speaker, and stroke survivor, Christopher Ewing.   Join our weekly online stroke support groups!  Just go to www.thestrokechannel.tv for more info and to sign up!“Life After Stroke” is a production of the Hang On To The Dream Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping people reach their goals in life.  For more information, or to make a donation, just go to www.hangontothedream.org. Be sure to download The Stroke Channel TV app, FREE in the Google Play and iTunes App stores! Also, The Stroke Channel is now on television on Roku and Amazon Fire TV! Roku and Amazon Fire TV are the leading television platforms seen in millions of households around the world! So for news, information, therapeutic exercises, entertainment and more, all centered on Stroke, be sure to tune into The Stroke Channel, now on Roku and Amazon Fire TV!
"Physical Therapy Research for Stroke"
Jan 17 2019
"Physical Therapy Research for Stroke"
This week on "Life After Stroke with Christopher Ewing", we chat with Dr. James Finley and Dr. Natalia Sanchez in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at USC.Topics covered in this episode include:- The research that goes into improving the motor skills of stroke survivors- The work that it takes to be able to apply to do clinical studies on the effects of stroke- Some of the exciting advances that are happening in the area of stroke and stroke rehabilitation and much, much more!"Life After Stroke" is a hit radio show hosted by Emmy Award winning TV host, motivational speaker, and stroke survivor, Christopher Ewing.   Join our weekly online stroke support groups!  Just go to www.thestrokechannel.tv for more info and to sign up!“Life After Stroke” is a production of the Hang On To The Dream Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping people reach their goals in life.  For more information, or to make a donation, just go to www.hangontothedream.org. Be sure to download The Stroke Channel TV app, FREE in the Google Play and iTunes App stores! Also, The Stroke Channel is now on television on Roku and Amazon Fire TV! Roku and Amazon Fire TV are the leading television platforms seen in millions of households around the world! So for news, information, therapeutic exercises, entertainment and more, all centered on Stroke, be sure to tune into The Stroke Channel, now on Roku and Amazon Fire TV!