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Help Strike Out Stroke in Central Alabama

Hospital news | Monday, October 13, 2008

Montgomery, Ala. – On Saturday, October 18, Jackson Hospital in cooperation with the American Stroke Association (ASA), will be hosting a first of its kind, FREE event providing helpful information on stroke awareness and prevention. This special event will take place on the Jackson Hospital campus from 10am to 2pm and is open to the public.

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. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every three minutes. 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.

“Strokes are a particularly frightening disease because they can occur suddenly in any family without a lot of advance warning,” said Ben Wouters, MD, of Neurology Consultants in Montgomery, who leads the stroke team at Jackson Hospital. “During this special event at Jackson Hospital, we are making a special effort to raise awareness about the five warning signs of stroke and teaching participants how they can reduce the risks of having a stroke.”

Former Lt. Governor Lucy Baxley, a stroke survivor, will be the guest speaker at 1pm. There will be entertainment and demonstrations taking place throughout the day – something for all members of the family:

  • The Power to End Stroke from the American Stroke Association
  • Exercise demonstrations from the YMCA
  • Knowing the 5 signs of stroke and the importance of rapid treatment
  • Presentations on healthy eating and nutrition
  • A free health fair including cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and body composition
  • Kids’ activities including inflatables, speed pitch, facepainting, and more
  • LifeSouth blood drive
  • Plus, music and appearances from WLWI's Andi Scott and Jim Hunter and Mix 103's JT and LeAnne

For additional information, please call Peter Frohmader at (334) 293-8805 or email peter.frohmader@jackson.org

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