By Jennifer Brown, PhD, Everyday Health
A new video game called Stroke Hero teaches kids how to save a life - by recognizing the signs of stroke.
The educational video game made a lasting difference, as reported by the American Heart Association's journal Stroke. Even seven weeks later, kids who played Stroke Hero remembered what they had learned, found Olajide Williams, MD, an associate professor of neurology at Columbia University in New York.
In Stroke Hero, kids pilot a clot-busting spaceship through a person's arteries. They shoot down blood clots that block blood flow to the brain, and watch out for plaques blocking their way along the blood vessels. In order to refuel so they can keep playing, kids must correctly answer questions about stroke.
This novel study design proved to be a big success in its first trial, which involved 210 children of ages 9 to 10 from a low-income, high stroke risk community in theRead More »from Kids Who Play This Video Game Could Save Your Life