Helena-West Helena area residents will be able to participate in the Know Stroke in the Community program through a broadband video hookup at the Dr. Vasudevan Wellness Center Auditorium today from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Helena-West Helena area residents will be able to participate in the Know Stroke in the Community program through a broadband video hookup at the Dr. Vasudevan Wellness Center Auditorium today from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The National Institutes of Health in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and prevention is sponsoring Know Stroke in the Community. The program will train local leaders across the state – Stroke Champions – to educate their communities about stroke symptoms and the need to call 9-1-1 to get stroke patients to the hospital quickly.
Know Stroke in the Community is geared toward the general public with particular emphasis on the African-American, Hispanic and senior populations, because they are at the highest risk for stroke, according to Andrea Peel, spokesperson for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, which is serving as the host site for the program. Twenty-three other sites will be linked by broadband video.
The program instructors will be Dr. Salah Keyrouz, UAMS stroke neurologist and medical director of Arkansas SAVES stroke program and Marian Emr, director of the office of communications and public liaison for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
The Know Stroke in the Community program is being conducted because Arkansas has the highest stroke death rate in the country.
“Public awareness of stroke symptoms and understanding the need to call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital quickly are key to the successful treatment of stroke,” said Peel.