Sarasota, FL — Doctors Hospital of Sarasota is hosting a community event that will offer educational opportunities about ways to prevent having a stroke, signs and symptoms of a stroke and what to do if you or a loved one is having one.  The event will take place on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm on the hospital campus. 

Every year, 700,000 new strokes occur in the United States, making this disease the nation’s fifth leading cause of death in America and a leading cause of disability.  A stroke occurs when a part of the brain’s blood supply is suddenly interrupted by a clot or when a blood vessel bursts.  When blood flow is blocked, brain cells die because oxygen and nutrients cannot get through.

May is National Stroke Awareness month and learning to identify signs of a potential stroke can be a lifesaver.  Think F.A.S.T. to recognize a stroke:

  • F: Face – Is one side of the face drooping down?
  • A: Arms – Does either arm drift down when raised?
  • S: Speech – Is speech slurred or confusing?
  • T: Time – If you observe any of these signs, dial 9-1-1 immediately.

 

The event is open to the community and we welcome all who would like to learn more about Stroke Prevention and Awareness.  For additional information and to RSVP for this event, please call (888) 685-1596.