LFE will hold Stroke Awareness Open House at Clinton Base on May 3rd
Today 2,178 Americans will have a stroke; 365 people will die as a result. Countless others will be left with life-altering disability.
More than twice as many American women will die from a stroke this year than will die from breast cancer.
“These numbers are staggering,” said LifeFlight Eagle spokesperson Matt Daugherty. “What everyone needs to know is that many stroke deaths can be prevented. People need to know how to recognize the signs of a stroke early on and take immediate action — not to wait for symptoms to get worse before calling 911.”
May is National Stroke Awareness Month. In an effort to increase awareness in Henry, Benton and St. Clair Counties, LifeFlight Eagle is holding a Community Stroke Awareness Open House at its base in Clinton from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 3. The public is invited to bring their families to the free event, where you can learn how to recognize early signs of a stroke, and what to do if you suspect you or a loved one might be suffering a stroke.
“Medical technology has advanced dramatically in recent years,” Daugherty said. “Many strokes can be reversed if symptoms are caught early and patients receive treatment immediately.”
“It’s all about catching a stroke early and getting the patient to definitive treatment quickly. It’s definitely a matter of life and death, but it’s also a matter of whether patients go back home to life as normal, or whether they’ll spend the rest of their lives in a nursing home.”
LifeFlight Eagle has partnered with Golden Valley EMS, Golden Valley Memorial Hospital, Research Medical Center and others for the event, which will provide education about strokes, stroke prevention, treatment and recovery.
Free blood pressure screenings will also be provided.
“We’ll have our helicopter here, and Golden Valley EMS will bring one of its ambulances,” Daugherty said. “Bring your family, come check them out and tour our base. We even have kids activities planned. Most importantly, take a few minutes to learn about strokes, how to identify them and how acting fast can save the lives of your loved ones.”
QUICK STROKE FACTS:
- May is National Stroke Awareness Month.
- Strokes are the 4th leading cause of death in the United States
- 795,000 Americans will have a stroke each year — one every 40 seconds
- 133,000 Americans will die from a stroke each year — one every 4 minutes
- 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
- 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.
COMMUNITY STROKE AWARENESS OPEN HOUSE:
WHAT: LifeFlight Eagle Stroke Awareness Open House
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3
WHERE: LifeFlight Eagle’s Clinton Base on Highway 7 in Clinton, adjacent to Golden Valley Memorial Hospital
WHY: Strokes are the 4th leading cause of death in the United States. Early recognition and treatment save lives and reduce disability suffered after a stroke.
WHO: Strokes affect people of all ages. Bring your family to the event, check out LifeFlight Eagle’s helicopter and a Golden Valley EMS ambulance, and tour LifeFlight Eagle’s base. There will even be kids’ activities.