Neurologist presents free community talk on Stroke: Signs and Treatments

Every 40 seconds, another person experiences a stroke. In recognition of National Stroke Awareness Month in May, O’Connor Hospital will offer the community a lecture to raise stroke awareness, free of charge.

On Wednesday, May 16, Neurologist Raul Guisado, MD, and Karen de la Cuesta, RN, MS, NP-C, will present a one hour lecture entitled Stroke 101: Recognize the Signs and Act in Time. Beginning at 5:30 pm, cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure screenings will be available to participants. The presentation, a part of the Living Well Community Lecture Series, will take place from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Refreshments will be served. The event will be held in the Medical Office Building (MOB) Auditorium at O’Connor Hospital, 2101 Forest Avenue, San Jose.

According to the National Stroke Association, sponsors of National Stroke Awareness Month, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. annually; almost 800,000 strokes will occur this year; and approximately 55,000 more women than men will experience a stroke. The estimated direct and indirect cost of stroke in the U.S. in 2010 was $73.7 billion.

“Knowing the warning signs of a stroke can save a life,” says de la Cuesta, stroke program coordinator at O’Connor Hospital. “Using the acronym FAST, 80% of strokes can be identified.”

FAST stands for:
F – Face Ask a person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A – Arm Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S – Speech Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is his speech slurred or strange?
T – Time If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately

The presentation will include stroke warning signs and symptoms, along with recovery and prevention tips. Stroke prevention guidelines include:

  • Know blood pressure
  • Identify atrial fibrillation (Afib)
  • Do not smoke and control alcohol use
  • Know cholesterol levels
  • Control diabetes
  • Manage exercise and diet

To register for Stroke 101: Recognize the Signs and Act in Time, please call 800 220-0182 or register online.

For more information on preventing strokes and learning about stroke care, go to the National Stroke Association website at: www.stroke.org.