Allina sets Stroke Awareness Month events in May

[Allina Newsroom, May 07, 2010] Allina’s Mercy, Unity and United Hospitals have set special events throughout May for the public to learn about stroke, stroke prevention and receive special low-cost stroke screenings. “Stroke is, essentially, a brain attack, cutting off vital blood flow and oxygen to the brain,” says Penny Wheeler, MD, Allina Hospitals & Clinics chief clinical officer. “It’s the third leading cause of death in the United States, but there’s a lot we can do to identify warning signs and prevent stroke. That’s what Allina is focusing on in May.”

Allina Stroke Month Events

Mercy Hospital (4050 Coon Rapids Blvd., Coon Rapids, MN) Low-cost stroke screening Saturday, May 22 Tuesday, June 1 Registration required. For information or to register, call 1-866-904-9962 or go to allina.com/classes United Hospital (333 North Smith Avenue, St. Paul, MN) Free community education session about stroke Tuesday, May 25 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (event), Noon to 1 p.m. (presentation) St. Luke’s Room at United Hospital Please call 651-241-7318 to register and or more information. Unity Hospital (550 Osborne Road NE, Fridley, MN) Stroke Prevention Forum Tuesday, June 8 6 – 7:30 p.m. Unity Hospital Boardroom Free, registration is requested by calling 763-236-3747.

Stroke Facts

  • In the United States, stroke is the third leading cause of death, killing about 137,000 people each year, and a leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability.
  • Approximately 795,000 strokes will occur this year.
  • Stroke can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of race, sex or age.
  • Approximately 55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year.
  • Men’s stroke incidence rates are greater than women’s at younger ages, but not older ages.
  • African Americans have almost twice the risk of first-ever stroke compared with whites.
  • Two million brain cells die every minute during stroke, increasing risk of permanent brain damage, disability or death. Recognizing symptoms and acting fast to get medical attention can save a life and limit disabilities.
  • The estimated direct and indirect cost of stroke for 2010 is $73.7 billion.

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