(May 9, 2007 - Brooklyn, NY) - May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and the renowned group of stroke experts at Maimonides Medical Center is strongly encouraging Brooklyn residents to learn more about this serious health problem. Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States.
Maimonides will provide free Stroke Risk Screenings on Wednesday, May 30th from 11AM to 2PM at 950 49th Street,Brooklyn.
Cholesterol, Glucose and Blood Pressure Screenings will be offered that day, as well as educational information. According to Dr. Steven Rudolph, Director of Stroke Medicine at Maimonides. These screenings can be vital.
“There are three important numbers that every person should know,” said Dr. Rudolph. “These are your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose (sugar). These three measurements can provide a picture of your current health, and possibly allow you to prevent conditions such as heart attack and stroke.”
There are many possible warning signs and symptoms of stroke. The experts at Maimonides strongly urge Brooklyn residents to call 911 and go to the nearest Stroke Center immediately if they experience any of the following: sudden numbness of face, arm or leg especially on one side of the body; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden confusion; trouble speaking or understanding; sudden trouble walking; dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
If any of these symptoms occur, for even a brief period, it's vital to seek immediate medical attention. Stroke is a "brain attack" and rapid response greatly improves the chances for survival and a successful recovery. Stroke damage can be minimized and even reversed - it all depends on the speed with which the stroke sufferer can receive proper medical attention.
It is critically important where a patient receives care. Hospitals with a stroke center are best equipped to provide the most comprehensive care. The Maimonides Stroke Center is ranked among the top 5% in the nation by HealthGrades, the leading source of independent health care quality data. This distinction is awarded on the basis of patient outcomes that consistently exceed expectations.
When a stroke patient arrives at the Maimonides Emergency Room, an evaluation is done rapidly to ensure that the safest and most appropriate treatment is provided. The clot-busting drug, t-PA, is extremely beneficial for some patients, but dangerous for others. It must be administered within three hours of the onset of stroke symptoms. A trained stroke neurologist can best determine whether or not this treatment should be started. At Maimonides, in addition to a team of trained experts on-site 24/7, telemedicine technology allows a stroke neurologist to interact with patients from a remote location. This facilitates the all-important initial evaluation of patients with stroke symptoms. The two-way communications device utilizes advanced audio-video technology. It is mounted on a remote-controlled wheeled base, and resembles a futuristic “robot.” Maimonides was among the first hospitals in the nation to adopt this telemedicine technology for the treatment of stroke patients.
The Maimonides Stroke Center utilizes the most advanced medications and technologies, administered by physicians and nurses who are specially trained in stoke care. Treatments include medical therapies, advanced surgical techniques and innovative interventional neuroradiology procedures, as well as a full range of rehabilitation services for recovering stroke patients.
National Stroke Awareness Month is not just for the general public. Stroke professionals across the country update their knowledge and expertise during May. The Maimonides stroke professionals will participate in an important academic event, the Brooklyn Stroke Symposium 2007. This annual meeting allows clinicians to share their experiences and update each other on the latest guidelines for prevention, and advances in treatment. The Symposium is being held on Friday, May 18th from 7AM to 5PM at Brooklyn's Grand Prospect Hall. Physicians and allied health professionals may go to www.professionaleducationcenter.americanheart.org to register.
Coming soon: The Merci Retriever at Maimonides for Stroke Intervention, Two Acute Stroke Clinical Trials at Maimonides for Advanced Treatment, and Childhood Stroke Treated at the Maimonides Infants & Children's Hospital.