05/14/2009

WVU to host New Hope for Stroke Fair on May 21

Event to be held in conjunction with Stroke Awareness Month

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – According to the American Heart Association, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. It is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability and the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer. Every three to four minutes, someone dies of a stroke.

While those are daunting statistics, the Stroke Center at West Virginia University is holding a fair to exhibit a “New Hope for Stroke,” which will highlight the importance of the early recognition of symptoms, the necessity of prompt stroke care and the treatments available at the Center. WVU’s Stroke Center is a national leader in stroke treatment and the only nationally certified Primary Stroke Center in the region.

The fair is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 21 in the west lobby of WVU Hospitals. It is being held in conjunction with the American Stroke Association’s declaration of May as Stroke Awareness Month.

Fair attendees will have the opportunity to talk with WVU’s stroke experts, learn about stroke prevention and symptoms, explore advances in stroke treatment, see the rehabilitation options available for stroke patients and get information on WVU’s new stroke support group. There will also be a poster display highlighting stroke research at WVU.

The Stroke Center at WVU has an emergency response team available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to evaluate a stroke and perform the appropriate treatment in time to minimize damage.

“When someone has a stroke, getting to the hospital quickly can make all the difference,” Claudette Brooks, M.D., neurologist at WVU’s Stroke Center, said. “Treatments are available that can stop a stroke while it is happening or drastically reduce the amount of damage it causes. Time lost is brain lost.”

In the event of a stroke, the most important thing to do is call 911. Emergency responders can begin treatment on the scene and can alert the Emergency Department at WVU Hospitals that a stroke patient is on the way. When the hospital receives that information, the Stroke Team is alerted and awaiting the patient’s arrival, Brooks said.

The symptoms of a stroke are:
•    A sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
•    The sudden onset of confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
•    A sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
•    A sudden difficulty walking, dizziness or loss of balance and coordination
•    The sudden onset of a severe headache with no known cause

If you think you or someone you are with may be having a stroke, call 911 immediately.

For more information on the Stroke Center at WVU, see http://health.wvu.edu/services/stroke-center/index.aspx.
 

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For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
jonesan@wvuh.com
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