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Every second counts when it comes to treating a stroke. Time literally equals brain function. As minutes add up and a stroke goes untreated, the possibility of serious brain damage and disability increases.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and also one of the major causes of long-term disability in adults. Some 600,000 new strokes are reported each year. But, the good news is that through education and awareness, we are able to reduce those numbers. Improvements, such as raising awareness and prevention through controlling major risk factors for stroke (high blood pressure, smoking and high cholesterol), are bringing about better outcomes.
Community Hospital is committed to increasing awareness of stroke symptoms and prevention through its nationally recognized Stroke Program. With community education about the risks associated with stroke, and helping individuals take steps to reduce those risks, more lives will be saved from this devastating disease. For a listing of upcoming programs and events, click on www.comhs.org/all_classes.