BAY CITY, MI – The McLaren Bay Region is offering a variety of free events as part of National Stroke Awareness Month.
McLaren Bay Region will host two live Facebook events to discuss stroke awareness and prevention. The first Facebook Live will take place at 5:30 pm. on Monday, May 12 with McLaren Bay Area Emergency Department Medical Director, Dr. Brad Blaker.
“My focus is to provide education to the community about the warning signs and clinical findings of a stroke, and when to seek treatment,” said Blaker. “We will also discuss the benefits of early recognition and the emerging use of the 9-1-1 system to achieve the best possible results for patients who may be experiencing symptoms similar to stroke.”
According to a press release from the McLaren Bay Region, the National Stroke Awareness Month was founded in May 1989 to promote public awareness to help reduce the incidence of spills in the United States. For every minute a stroke is left untreated, millions of brain cells die, according to McLaren, and immediately recognizing the signs and symptoms of a stroke is critical.
“Each year, 15 million spills occur worldwide, 80% of which could have been prevented,” said Grace Rodriguez, coordinator of the McLaren Bay region spill program. “In the USA, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds. It is the number one cause of disability ”.
Blaker will focus on ‘BE FAST’, a tool used to identify strokes, and what symptoms to look for. BE FAST means: Balance – sudden loss of balance; Eyes – difficulty seeing suddenly; Face – irregular or crooked smile; Arms – arm hanging; Speech – slurred or drooling; Terrible headache and time – sudden onset of headache
The next event will be at 17:30. on Wednesday, May 26, with McLaren Bay Region neurologist Dr. Khalil Nasrallah, who will focus on risk factors that can be controlled, treated and improved to reduce the risk of stroke.
The McLaren Bay Region will also conduct a ‘Heart Health & Stroke Screening’ on Wednesday, May 12, from 8 am to noon. Participants in this event will receive a diabetes screening, a blood pressure and pulse check, a sleep disorder risk assessment, a risk reduction plan, a complete lipid profile, including total cholesterol, HDL, LDL and triglycerides, according to McLaren, and the participants will start the screening with the results in hand and an action plan.
Pre-registration is required for this event. The cost to participate is $ 10 and can be paid at the event. Interested parties can call 1-877-411-2762 to reserve a spot.
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