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Emory Honors World Stroke Day

World Stroke DayOn this Wednesday, October 29, people all across the globe will celebrate World Stroke Day. This day was established in 2006 to raise public awareness of the warning signs of stroke. Our teams at Emory Healthcare work daily in the fight to treat and end stroke. Last year, Emory Healthcare treated over 1800 stroke patients at our hospitals, and approximately 300 patients received intensive rehabilitation care post-stroke at the Emory Rehabilitation Hospital – a total surpassing 2,000 patients.

We are passionate about stroke prevention – especially since 80% of strokes are preventable – and have created outreach teams that screen and educate members of the community throughout metro-Atlanta. To date in 2014, our teams have reached over 1,000 community members and counting.

Recognizing stroke early and getting immediate medical attention is key in reversing potential damage to your brain. Remember to ACT F.A.S.T. if you suspect that you or someone else around you is experiencing a stroke. If you notice the following signs, you should call 911 immediately:

F: Facial droop; uneven smile

A: Arm numbness or weakness

S: Slurred speech, difficulty speaking or understanding

T: Time to call 911 and get to the nearest stroke center immediately

In line with World Stroke Day, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal recently signed a proclamation declaring October 29th Georgia Stroke Awareness Day, in which he encourages all citizens to seek education on adequate prevention and recognition of signs/symptoms of stroke.

As we promote stroke prevention and timely recognition in our communities, we remind you that you have the power to end stroke – and Emory is here to help. We invite you to visit our website for further information on stroke prevention, recognition and treatment.

Lastly, we would like to thank all the teams playing a role in our efforts, and share with them this campaign as we continue our fight to end stroke.

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What is a Mini Stroke?

stroke-fbOn average, one person in the United States dies from a stroke every 4 minutes, and strokes account for 1 out of every 19 deaths each year, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Though not everyone gets a warning before experiencing a stroke, some people experience what is called a transient ischemic attack (TIA) – also known as a mini-stroke. The American Stroke Association characterizes it as a warning sign of a stroke, and it should be taken very seriously.

TIA is caused by a blood clot in an artery in or leading to the brain, however the blockage it creates is only temporary (transient). Symptoms caused by a TIA may last up to 24 hours, but usually resolve within 1 to 2 hours. Fortunately, it usually does not cause permanent damage to the brain. Though most strokes are not preceded by a mini-stroke, about a third of the people who suffer TIA experience a stroke within a year’s time. It is suggested that those who experience a transient ischemic attack to treat it as a warning sign, and should act to keep a permanent, more dangerous stroke from occurring.

Though clots associated with TIA dissolve quickly, there is no way of knowing how long it could take. Whenever you have any stroke symptoms, dial 911 immediately so you can get evaluated in an emergency room. Time is of the essence, or put another way, time equals brain.

F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs and symptoms of a stroke:

Face drooping
Arm weakness
Speech difficulty
Time to call 911

Additional signs of a stroke can include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arms or legs, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden severe headache with no known causes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness or lack of balance and coordination

If you experience TIA after having a stroke, go to the emergency room immediately, since it could mean that something in your treatment plan is not working as it should.

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May is National Stroke Awareness Month!

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke, according to the National Stroke Association.

In recognition of May as National Stroke Awareness Month, Emory Healthcare encourages you to learn the signs, symptoms and risk factors for stroke. Mark your calendar for the following events:

Stroke Awareness

Go Red for Women Event at Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Where:

Emory University Hospital Midtown
Medical Office Tower Lobby
550 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, Georgia

  • When: Friday, May 9 ; 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • What: Come out and enjoy this fun, educational event, where you can meet the Emory Women’s Heart Center physicians and staff, learn how to prevent heart disease and find out if you are at risk for heart disease. The event will also feature nutrition consultations, body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure screenings for attendees.

Also, join us at 12 p.m. in the Glenn Auditorium for a short educational talk on how to prevent heart disease by Emory Women’s Heart Center cardiologist Alexis Cutchins, MD.
Nurses who attend the talk will be offered 0.5 Contact Hours. Refreshments will be served.

Stroke Awareness Fair at Emory University Hospital

  • Where:

Emory University Hospital
1364 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30322
E Wing Auditorium and Classroom Lobby, 2nd Floor

  • When: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 ; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • What: Come out to learn signs and symptoms of stroke, understand how to manage blood pressure, exercise properly and maintain a healthy diet. You can talk to experts about stroke prevention and response for suspected stroke. Also, plan to participate in two community stroke lectures, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
  • Who: Emory employees, patients, families and you!

Stroke Awareness Fair at Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Where:

Emory University Hospital Midtown
Medical Office Tower Lobby
550 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, Georgia

  • When: Thursday, May 15, 2014; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • What: Join us to learn the signs and symptoms of stroke, ask a neurologist about stroke care, speak to a pharmacist, get your BMI checked and learn about stroke rehabilitation programs.
  • Who: Emory employees, patients, families and you!

Stroke Awareness at Emory Johns Creek Hospital

  • Where:

Emory Johns Creek Hospital
6325 Hospital Parkway
Johns Creek, GA

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Become Aware of the Risks, Signs and Symptoms of Stroke

Dr. Fadi Nahab, stroke director at Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown, recently conducted a chat to address the signs and symptoms of stroke, as well as what you can do to decrease your risk. Dr. Nahab’s timing couldn’t be better. May is National Stroke Awareness Month – the perfect time to brush up on your knowledge of stroke and commit to reducing your own risk factors for stroke.

Stroke remains the country’s leading cause of disability. Fortunately, Emory Healthcare is committed to providing excellent stroke care throughout North Georgia. In fact, Emory University Hospital recently was named Atlanta’s first certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, while Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory Johns Creek Hospital and Saint Joseph’s Hospital all are certified Primary Stroke Centers.