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Stroke Smart 2011 at Largo Medical Center

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Tammy Robiconti
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May 05, 2011

Largo, FL – Do the people reading your website or publication, listening to your radio station or watching your television station right now know what a stroke is? They may not know what the early warning signs and symptoms are of these “brain attacks.” We can help educate them but would like you to help us tell them about it. It’s through a phenomenal FREE educational event at Largo Medical Center during Stroke Awareness Month called Stroke Smart 2011.  The event is Friday, May 13, 2011 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

“The lasting effects of a stroke can be devastating,” said Connie Boudreaux, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at Largo Medical Center. “By getting to the hospital as quickly as possible these after-effects can be greatly minimized.”

This educational seminar is likely to be one of the most comprehensive ones offered to our community. Attendees will learn when to think F.A.S.T. and get to the ER immediately. They’ll learn the warning signs, symptoms and risk factors as well as the different kinds of strokes and what rehabilitation may involve during recovery. Free Blood Pressure Screenings will also be available.

“It is imperative that our community understand that time is of the essence when a stroke occurs and how to better utilize the health care system in response to acute ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke symptoms,” said Deborah Pilcher, RN, Stroke Coordinator at Largo Medical Center. “There are a lot of medications and treatments available today that may make a difference in the quality of life for the patient, for the rest of their life.”

Presenters from the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, a Largo Medical Center Neurosurgeon, Emergency Medicine Physician, the Stroke Medical Director and Inpatient Rehabilitation Therapists will participate to teach and answer questions. Free Blood Pressure Screenings will also be available.

“It is imperative that our community understand that time is of the essence when a stroke occurs and how to better utilize the health care system in response to acute ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke symptoms,” said Largo Medical Center, Stroke Coordinator, Deborah Pilcher, RN. “There are a lot of medications and treatments available today. Time is brain, so getting to the hospital as fast as possible may make a difference in the quality of life for the patient, for the rest of their life.”

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