Published: 04/21/2014

May is American Stroke Month - Take Charge of Change to Lessen Your Risk of Stroke Through Evangelical’s Stroke Services

In the next four minutes, someone will suffer a stroke and die from the episode, according to the American Heart/American Stroke Association.
 
Through its Certified Primary Stroke Center, Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg, handles emergency care of strokes, and provides diagnostic and interventional services to lessen the chances of stroke for patients. May is American Stroke Month, and Evangelical is working to bring awareness to this fourth leading cause of death in the United States.
 
One way to take charge now is to take part in one of the free stroke screens held at the Evangelical Community Health and Wellness Center, located on Route 15, next to the Hospital. The screens are open to the public and are being held throughout the month of May on the following dates:

  • Friday, May 2, from 9 am-noon
  • Monday, May 5, from 9am-noon
  • Wednesday, May 14, from noon-4 pm
  • Friday, May 23, from 1-3 pm

A stroke screen is a comprehensive assessment of your risk for stroke through a series of check-ins. The first element is a blood pressure check by qualified nurses. High blood pressure is the leading cause of stroke and the most important controllable risk factor. Other elements include a one-on-one review of personal health history and how that can tie into risk factors associated with stroke, a discussion of prevention tips with relation to the individual’s lifestyle, and education and awareness training on the warning signs of stroke.
 
For stroke survivors, families, and caregivers, Evangelical Community Hospital offers a stroke support group monthly with the next one focusing on memory challenge being held on Thursday, May 8 from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Hospital’s Apple Conference Rooms at the rear of the Dining Room. The support group, led by a licensed psychologist and the Medical Director of the Stroke Center, is meant to connect individuals affected by stroke in a safe, comfortable environment where they can work together to learn about the condition and openly share frustrations and tips to help with life after stroke. Future scheduled topics of the group include living safely with stroke, eating healthy, medications for stroke, and progressing after therapy ends.
 
Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens part of the brain cannot get the oxygen it needs, and it starts to die.
 
The heart and the brain share the same vascular system. As a result, heart disease and stroke have many of the same risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, physical inactivity, and being overweight or obese. By taking control of the factors you can change, you are making health a priority and fighting against two of the main killers in the United States.
 
If you’ve already experienced a stroke or heart attack and are looking to regain lost functioning, Evangelical offers physical, occupational, and speech therapy as well as cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation.
 
For more information about Evangelical Community Hospital’s Certified Primary Stroke Center and its services, the upcoming stroke screenings, or to learn more about the stroke support group, please call 570-768-3200.
 
Evangelical is a non-profit organization that employs approximately 1,460 people and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 132 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland, and Lycoming Counties.