Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May is National Stroke Month

Stroke impacts all of us.

You may be at risk for stroke or know someone who is. Or maybe someone close to you has had a stroke – a parent or other relative.

During National Stroke Month, take the time to learn about stroke prevention and life after stroke, and encourage family members to do the same.

How to Prevent a Stroke

Most people don’t like to think about the possibility of stroke. It’s easier to take an “ignorance is bliss” approach, to assume that you’re healthy until it's obvious that you’re not.

While this wait-and-see attitude may save you from having to make some challenging life changes now – eating a healthier diet or starting an exercise program – in the long run, it’s hurting more than it’s helping.

Consider this: up to 80% of all strokes can be prevented. Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability. It can cause paralysis, memory loss, and speech problems, all of which can impact your ability to work, travel and do the things you love.

Who Should Be Thinking About Stroke Prevention

You can experience a stroke at any age. However, those most at risk are:
  • Over the age of 55
  • Women
  • African American
Persons with a family history of stroke are also at risk, so talk to a family member to find out if anyone in your family has had a stroke.

You’re also at risk if you:
  • Have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Atrial Fibrillation (AF), diabetes, or Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
  • Smoke or are exposed to secondhand smoke
  • Use alcohol
  • Use illegal drugs
  • Are overweight
  • Are physically inactive
  • Have had a TIA (mini-stroke)

Take Action During National Stroke Month

Chances are, either you fit into the criteria above or you know someone who does.

Round up your parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts – anyone at risk of stroke – and tell them about our free screenings coming up this month. 

Saturday, May 5, 2012 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Our free vascular screening is open to anyone over 50, who smokes or has one or more of the following medical conditions:
  • high blood pressure,
  • diabetes,
  • heart or leg ailments,
  • family history of heart disease, and
  • prior stroke.
Screenings take just minutes and will tell you if you’re at risk for:
  • Carotid Artery Disease*
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm*
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)*
  • Diabetes
  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Injury from Falling
Participants also have an opportunity to speak to our clinical staff, so if you know someone who hasn’t been to a doctor in awhile, he or she may benefit from speaking to our registered nurses about any health questions or concerns.

Reservations are required. Click here for details.

Friday, May 25, 2012 – 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Catholic Health stroke fair, held at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo in the Marillac Room, is another opportunity to check your risk for stroke.

In addition to information about nutrition, exercise, and medication, participants can receive screenings for:
  • Diabetes
  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
No reservations are required.

What to Do If You’ve Had a Stroke

Having a stroke can have long-lasting consequences. Recovery is a life-long process, as survivors learn to improve their ability to function: physically and mentally. They may have to relearn how to eat, dress, and walk.

Recovery is a challenge both for stroke victims and for their caregivers.

Learn about the latest advances in stroke care, plus how to approach stroke recovery at our free dinner event, Living with Stroke.

Presenters include representatives from Catholic Health’s full spectrum of stroke care. Hear the perspectives of staff from the neurology and rehabilitation departments, as well as Home Care and Spiritual Care. You'll also hear first-hand experiences from a first responder, stroke survivor and caregiver.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Stroke care panelists at our free event Living with Stroke will examine the impact of stroke, plus emerging approaches in stroke research, stroke care and lifestyle management after a stroke.

Dinner will be provided.

Reservations are required. Click here for details.

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, but it doesn’t have to be. Attend our free events during National Stroke Month, and take action to prevent stroke and learn about the resources available to stroke survivors.

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