May 10, 2019
Cheyenne, WY–Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is hosting a free stroke symposium for the community on May 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Laramie County Library Cottonwood Room. The library is located at 2200 Pioneer Ave.
This year’s symposium will offer updated information on common risk factors for stroke, knowing individual risks, stroke prevention strategies, stroke signs and symptoms and the importance of early recognition and intervention. Included will be a presentation by Dr. Oussama Lawand, a Cheyenne Regional cardiac electrophysiologist. A question and answer session will follow Dr. Lawand’s presentation.
“Stroke is one of the top five leading causes of death in the United States, and we are increasingly seeing the disease affect younger persons,” said Dr. Tracie Caller, a neurologist with the Cheyenne Regional Medical Group Medical Specialty Clinic. “Awareness and education are crucial in promoting the reduction of risk factors for stroke, as many causes of stroke are potentially preventable.”
The symposium will include vendors that provide stroke-related services. Free blood pressure checks will also be offered.
Also known as a brain attack, a stroke occurs when a blockage stops the flow of blood to the brain or when a blood vessel in or around the brain bursts.
“The consequences of a stroke can be devastating if it’s not treated quickly,” said Hope Robinson, Cheyenne Regional’s stroke program manager.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 795,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. On average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds. Strokes are also a leading cause of serious long-term disability in the United States and are estimated to cost the United States an estimated $34 billion each year in healthcare services, medications and missed days of work.
Common risk factors for a stroke are atrial fibrillation, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and obesity. About one in three Americans has at least one of these conditions or habits, according to the CDC.
It is recommended that people use “BE FAST” to help identify the warning signs of a stroke:
- Balance: Sudden loss of balance.
- Eyes: Sudden loss of vision or double vision.
- Face: Uneven or drooping smile.
- Arms: One arm is weak.
- Speech: Slurred or jumbled speech.
- Time to Call: Call 911 right away.
For more information about the stroke symposium, call (307) 996-4705.