Stroke and the american presidency

James Meschia, Beth Emy Safirstein, José Biller

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Eight past presidents of the United States have suffered at least one stroke: John Quincy Adams, John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Chester Arthur, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Richard Milhous Nixon. Survival from time of last stroke was greater than one month in only President John Tyler. Nixon represents the first president to be on scientifically validated prophylaxis (warfarin). He was also the first president to be considered for a controlled therapeutic trial in acute stroke and the first to have had an advanced directive regarding terminal care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-143
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1997


  • Cerebral hemorrhage
  • Neurologic deficit
  • Transient ischemia attacks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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