Bolingbrook – Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital will host a free discussion on stroke May 29 to teach residents about risk factors and the signs and symptoms of stroke.
Certified neurologist Dr. Subhash Patel will discuss “Stroke – When Seconds Count” starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, 500 Remington Blvd. in Bolingbrook.
A stroke assessment is included at the event. To register, call (630) 856-7525.
May is National Stroke Awareness month. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in America and a leading cause of adult disability, according to the National Stroke Association.
“During a stroke, the brain isn’t getting the blood and oxygen it needs to function,” Patel said. “The longer someone waits for treatment, the more likely they’ll suffer permanent brain damage.”
There are two types of stroke, ischemic and hemorrhagic. Ischemic strokes, the most common, occur when a blood clot forms and interrupts blood flow to the brain. Hemorrhagic strokes occur if a blood vessel bursts, causing blood leakage into the brain.
Symptoms include speech difficulties; confusion; numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg; loss of vision; vertigo; loss of balance; and headache.
To prevent a stroke, Patel suggests addressing risk factors. For instance, blood clots are most common in people who smoke or have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease or a family history of stroke.
“Work with your doctor to see what your risk is and ways you can lower it,” he said.
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.
Physicians on the medical staff of Adventist Midwest Health Hospitals are independent contractors, and are not agents of the hospitals. Media contact: Chris LaFortune, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, email@example.com; (630) 856-2354.