National Stroke Awareness Month Activity Announced at Physicians Regional Healthcare System

NAPLES, FL (April 25, 2012) – About 795,000 Americans will suffer a stroke this year, yet most people in the U.S. cannot identify stroke warning signs 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. Few people in our community are aware that Collier County has one of the highest rates of stroke in the entire country, yet public awareness of stroke warning signs and risk factors has not improved during the past five years. With National Stroke Awareness Month, May is a time to change this startling statistic.

As part of their commitment to providing free medical information to the patient public, Physicians Regional Healthcare System will host a special event to raise awareness of this important medical issue.

What: Brain Attack: Treatment Options & Complimentary Brain Attack Screening
When: Thursday, May 3 – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Physicians Regional, 6101 Pine Ridge Road

This event will feature a presentation and Q&A with Dr. Eric Eskioglu and Dr. Brian Mason of Physicians Regional’s renowned Neurovascular & Stroke Institute. Speaking alongside Eskioglu and Mason will be Dr. Richard Juda, Physicians Regional’s Director of Critical Care.

Did You Know?
• Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S.
• Between 1998 and 2008, the annual stroke death rate fell 34.8 percent in the United States. The actual number of stroke deaths declined 19.4 percent.
• By 2030, it is estimated that 4 million people will have had a stroke. This is nearly 25% higher than 2010 estimates.
• Stroke is an emergency! It’s important to learn stroke warning signs and how to respond to them. Emergency treatment may be available if a stroke is recognized FAST and 9-1-1 is called. Use the FAST test to remember warning signs.

For those who wish to attend, please RSVP by calling 239-348-4180.