Franciscan Health and Lafayette Aviators Team Up for Community Stroke Awareness Event
LAFAYETTE, Indiana - Franciscan Health in Lafayette and the Lafayette Aviators urge the community to be aware of stroke symptoms during this important community awareness event.
The Lafayette Aviators and Franciscan Health will sponsor a "Strike Out Stroke Day" at 6:35 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30, at the Aviators game in Lafayette.
In order to help the community understand risk factors and symptoms of stroke, a leading cause of death and serious long-term disability in the United States, Franciscan Health and the Lafayette Aviators are conducting a Strike Out Stroke awareness initiative at Loeb Stadium on during the game on Tuesday, May 30.
Aviators fans can receive a free blood pressure and risk assessment screening by the Franciscan Health Stroke Team at the game and learn ways to reduce their risk for stroke.
"Time is brain. We have a team approach, as someone arrives within the treatment window, our team swings into action," said Arthur Rosen, MD, medical director of the Franciscan Health Stroke Program.
Every 40 seconds someone in the United States suffers a stroke and approximately every 4 minutes someone dies from a stroke. A stroke occurs when the brain vessel carrying oxygen and vital nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or ruptures. When this occurs, part of the brain is deprived of blood and oxygen, destroying millions of valuable nerve cells within minutes.
In February 2015, Franciscan Health in Lafayette became the area's first primary stroke center. The program offers one of the fastest treatment times for stroke in the area.
Franciscan Health partnered with Franciscan Health Crawfordsville in August 2015 offering telemedicine for the treatment of stroke. Telemedicine makes the expertise of the physicians of Franciscan Health "virtually" available to all stroke patients in "real time" who are cared for in the Crawfordsville hospital for stroke.
"If you suspect stroke, remember FAST", said Jenny Burger, RN, stroke coordinator at Franciscan Health. "F (for face) - Is your face drooping? A (for arms) - Can you lift both arms? S (for speech) - Are you slurring your words? T (for time) - Call 911 immediately. Because during a stroke, time is brain."