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|RAISING AWARENESS: Pikeville Medical Center Medical Director of Stroke Services Dr. Naveed Ahmed will serve as guest speaker during the hospital’s annual stroke awareness event set for May 22 at the Expo Plaza. The public is encouraged to attend. Free health screenings and lunch will be provided.|
PIKEVILLE â€“ In recognition of Stroke Awareness Month, Pikeville Medical Center will host a free Stroke Awareness Day event on Wednesday, May 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the East Kentucky Expo Center Plaza, located on Main Street in Pikeville.
The public is encouraged to attend.
The event will include a free lunch, entertainment and various health screenings including: blood sugar, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and total cholesterol.
Dr. Naveed Ahmed, Medical Director of Stroke Services, will share valuable information pertaining to the signs, symptoms, treatment and prevention of stroke.
The National Stroke Association created National Stroke Awareness Month to further its mission to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke, the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.
Nearly 795,000 people in the United States will have a stroke this year.
While many strokes are preventable, most people cannot identify the warning signs or risk factors of stroke.
FAST is the acronym created to help one remember the warning signs of a stroke:
Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?
Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Prevention is often known as the best medicine.
There are many steps one can take to lower his/her risk for stroke, such as:
â€¢Keeping your blood pressure in check
â€¢If diagnosed with atrial fibrillation or any circulation problems, following your doctor’s orders and managing carefully
â€¢Limiting alcohol intake
â€¢Controlling cholesterol levels
â€¢Exercising for at least 30 minutes a day
â€¢Limiting sodium intake