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Help Strike Out Stroke in Central Alabama

Hospital news | Wednesday, May 27, 2009

On Saturday, May 30, Jackson Hospital in association with the American Stroke Association (ASA), will be hosting a second annual, FREE event providing helpful information on stroke awareness and prevention. This special event will take place on the Jackson Hospital campus from 10am to 1pm and is open to the public. The free health fair will include total cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, body composition and body mass index checks as well as nutrition information. There will also be fun activities for the kids and a variety of vendors to keep guests entertained.

At 10:30am Ben Wouters, MD, of Neurology Consultants in Montgomery and medical director of Jackson Hospital’s Acute Stroke Treatment Program, will receive the Get With The GuidelinesSM Stroke Silver Performance Achievement Award presented by the ASA. Jackson Hospital’s Acute Stroke Treatment Program is the first of its kind in the region and is an important resource for area residents. This award recognizes Jackson Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

“We are proud to have achieved this level of stroke care at Jackson Hospital,” said Dr. Wouters. “Unfortunately, strokes can hit at any time in anyone without much advance warning. We hope through this program we are helping people recognize the signs of stroke and the importance of getting immediate help.”

According to the ASA, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and in the state of Alabama and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Like heart disease, stroke is a cardiovascular disease that affects the blood vessels that supply blood to the brain, and it is a major cause of disability for people 65 and older.

The “Give Me 5 For Stroke” Warning Checklist*

Created by The Stroke Collaboration: AAN, ACEP, and AHA/ASA

· Walk – is their balance off?

· Talk – is their speech slurred or face droopy?

· Reach – is one side weak or numb?

· See – is their vision all or partly lost?

· Feel – is their headache severe?

Even if you only have one symptom or your symptom(s) go away, call 9-1-1 and go to the emergency department!

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