2014 Pioneer Valley Stroke Survivors and Caregivers Forum

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in America today, and every 40 seconds someone suffers from a stroke. Angela Smith, the Stroke Program Clinical Manager from Holyoke Medical Center, shared tips on how you can prevent strokes and what resources are available for stroke survivors and caretakers.

2014 Pioneer Valley Stroke Survivors and Caregivers Forum
Thursday, May 8th
9:00:00AM – 2:00PM

MassMutual Center
1277 Main Street, Springfield

Registration Fee:$5.00

The Pioneer Valley Stroke Survivors and Caregivers Forum brings together stroke survivors and caregivers so they may become better connected with the network of resources available.

This empowering and informational event will include over one dozen exhibitors who will provide valuable education, tools and resources to stroke survivors and caregivers. The day also includes a light breakfast, a heart-healthy lunch and speaker presentations.

For more information call (203) 303-3339 or visit Heart.org/Massachusetts.

Stroke Warning Signs
Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
Sudden, severe headaches with no known cause (for hemorrhagic stroke)

Most Common Stroke Risk Factors
High Blood Pressure
Smoking
High Cholesterol
Diabetes
Heart Disease/Atrial Fibrillation
Obesity/Inactivity

Statistics
Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death in the United States
On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds
About 800,000 Americans suffer strokes each year
Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability

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