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Stephanie Trelogan, Caring.com senior editor

Stephanie Trelogan is a Caring.com Senior Editor. Older people in Stephanie's family have coped with a variety of stroke- and heart-related conditions, and several family members -- including Stephanie -- have struggled with depression.

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  • If your family member or close friend has recently had a stroke, you're probably still reeling. Not only do you have to come to terms with her acute illness and possible ...

  • What to expect when someone is recovering from a stroke After a stroke, someone you're caring for may be able to regain some -- maybe even most -- of his former abiliti...

  • Mealtimes can be a challenge for someone who's had a stroke -- not to mention the caregiver. These tips will help take the stress out of eating. Find Assisted Living Nea...

  • The first thing to do is learn the person's stroke riskHere's how to help someone at risk prevent a stroke, how to tell if he's having a stroke, and what to do in case of a...

  • Avoid bathing hazards, and help a stroke survivor bathe or shower more easilyThe bathroom can be a very hazardous place for someone who's had a stroke. Fortunately, there's...

  • Practical tips after coronary bypass surgeryIf someone's doctor informs him that his coronary arteries (the arteries that provide blood flow to the heart) are severely bloc...

  • Quick summaryWhen someone suffers a heart attack, it can turn his world upside down. Although a heart attack always presents challenges, keep in mind that every heart attac...

  • What is atrial fibrillation and how is it treated?If someone you know has been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AF), he's not alone: According to the American Heart As...

  • Whether your parent has tachycardia (rapid heartbeat), bradycardia (slow heartbeat), or fibrillation (chaotic, very rapid heartbeat), managing his arrhythmia will help him ...

  • What is a TIA (ministroke)? A transient ischemic attack (TIA) -- also called a "ministroke" -- is a brief episode of stroke symptoms caused by low blood flow in arterie...

  • How to treat muscle spasticity About one in five stroke survivors suffers from painful muscle spasms, which result when weakened muscles contract abnormally. Someone with...

  • If your parent is at risk for a stroke, perhaps because he's had one before or there's a strong family history, it's important to be prepared for a stroke emergency. One es...

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stroke is the number one cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. Over the course of a li...

  • Maximizing a stroke survivor's safety and comfort while dressing For someone who's survived a stroke, the bedroom is his sanctuary. By setting up this room to maximize h...

  • What is angina? Angina isn't actually a disease, but rather a symptom of a larger problem: coronary artery disease (CAD), which occurs when a substance called plaque bui...

  • If your parent has suffered a stroke, the future may seem very uncertain. Now is the time to organize medical care and figure out how to make the transition from the hospit...

  • A heart attack happens when blood flow to part of the heart is blocked or severely restricted. If the blood flow is cut off for more than a few minutes, the muscle cells be...

  • Swallowing problems are common in people who've had strokes. Throat and mouth muscles may be weakened, or the connection between these muscles and the brain may be damaged....

  • 1. Join a support group for heart disease caregivers near you.A support group is a great way to connect with other heart disease caregivers. Unlike your family and frien...

  • 1. Join a support group for caregivers. A support group is a great way to connect with other caregivers. Unlike your family and friends, these folks may be able to offe...

  • Know the warning signs of an older adult's depression Older adults often face stressful situations, including chronic illness, financial problems, and loss of independen...

  • Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. For those over 65 years of age, the risk is even greater: eight out of ten people who die of h...

  • Several factors raise the risk for heart attack and coronary artery disease. The more risk factors someone has, the greater the chance of developing coronary artery disease...

  • Perception problems after right-hemisphere strokesWhen you're caring for someone who's had a stroke, you might notice she's having perception problems -- specifically with ...

  • Treatment after a heart attack: medications, exercise, and giving up smokingTreatment after a heart attack doesn't suddenly end when someone is released from the hospital. ...