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National Stroke Awareness Month


According to the National Stroke Association (NSA) about 795,000 Americans will suffer a stroke this year, yet most people in the U.S. cannot identify stroke warning signs or risk factors. Many strokes – some studies indicate that up to 80 percent – can be prevented through risk factor management.

In Mendocino County there are nearly 54 deaths by stroke each year, according to the 2010 Community Health Status Report, produced by the Mendocino County Health and Human Services Agency. To honor National Stroke Awareness Month, Ukiah Valley Medical Center is taking a lead from the NSA and striving to educate residents to learn about the risk factors which can present differently in women and men, and how to recognize and respond to warning signs by acting FAST:

FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

According to UVMC Chief Medical Officer, Marvin Trotter, M.D., “residents need to know that we have an amazing stroke program at UVMC, working with Dr. David Tong from Cal Pacific Medical Center via Telemedicine, we are able to save and treat victims in a timely manner, once they come through our emergency department doors. But the most important thing for people to remember is that they need to come to the emergency department within four hours of presenting symptoms to prevent loss of neurological and bodily functions.”

To help educate the community on signs and symptoms of stroke, Dr. Trotter will host a free seminar entitled “Act FAST” on May 23, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m at UVMC’s Glenn Miller Conference Room, 275 Hospital Drive in Ukiah. Call (707)-463-7328 for more information.

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