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About 795,000 Americans will suffer a stroke this year, yet most Americans cannot identify stroke symptoms or risk factors. Many strokes – some studies indicate that up to 80 percent – can be prevented through risk factor management.

There is no doubt that more education about stroke is needed. Public awareness of symptoms and risk factors has not improved during the past five years, but this May is a time to change this startling statistic. National Stroke Awareness Month takes place in May every year. In honor of this special time, National Stroke Association strives to provide everyone with the tools and inspiration to raise public awareness about stroke by hosting awareness events or activities. It doesn't matter if you are an individual or a large corporation, because the more people we reach, the better.

Each year in the United States, 795,000 people suffer from a stroke. To honor National Stroke Awareness Month, Marietta Memorial Hospital is taking a lead from National Stroke Association and striving to educate Americans to STOP stroke by reducing their risk through risk factor management, to act F.A.S.T. upon stroke symptom recognition and to spread HOPE about recovery from stroke.

The Rehabilitation Center at Marietta Memorial Hospital will host the following two events:

Mid-Ohio Valley Stroke Support Group
May 11, 2010; 5:30 p.m.
Marietta Memorial Hospital, First Floor Conference Room
401 Matthew Street; Marietta, Ohio 45750

Stroke Education Screening
May 19, 2010; 1-3 p.m.
Marietta Memorial Hospital, Strecker Cancer Center Conference Room
401 Matthew Street; Marietta, Ohio 45750

For more information on these events, contact The Rehabilitation Center at Marietta Memorial Hospital at (740) 374-1463.

Did you know?

  • Someone has a stroke every 40 seconds, on average.
  • Women are twice as likely to die from stroke than breast cancer annually.
  • There are many manageable risk factors for stroke including: high blood pressure, weight control, alcohol consumption, smoking, diabetes, atrial fibrillation and transient ischemic attack (TIA). Visit for more information and downloadable fact sheets. Click here to view or embed television and radio PSAs about cholesterol and stroke and transient ischemic attack (TIA).
  • It’s important to understand stroke symptoms and response. Time is a very urgent factor when it comes to stroke. Emergency treatment may be available if a stroke is recognized fast and 911 is called. The faster a person having a stroke is taken to the hospital, the better chance of them receiving emergency treatment.
  • Use the F.A.S.T. test for learning to recognize and respond to symptoms — click here to view or download a F.A.S.T. animation.

    F = FACE Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

    A = ARMS Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

    S = SPEECH Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?

    T = TIME If you observe any of these signs, it’s time to call 911.
  • Stroke will cost the United States an estimated $73.7 billion in 2010.
  • Stroke incidence rate in African Americans is almost double that of Caucasians.
  • You can receive National Stroke Association’s premiere publication, StrokeSmart™ magazine for free if you live in the United States. To subscribe to the leading source of recovery, rehabilitation and inspiration for stroke survivors, click here or visit

The Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system governed by a volunteer board of community members that are committed to providing comprehensive services that meet the needs of our region. We are comprised of a network of two hospitals, outpatient service sites, assisted and long-term care facilities and a retirement community. We work in innovative ways to meet the healthcare challenges of today, while preparing for health needs of our communities in the future.

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