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Stroke – Every Second Matters!

Dr. Francisco Albert, hospitalist at Lexington Medical Center, was on WLTX this month talking about stroke. South Carolina is in the region of the country known as the “Stroke Belt” because of our high incidence of stroke. Lexington Medical Center is certified as a Primary Stroke Center and has won the “Get With the Guidelines – Gold Plus Award” for stroke form the American Heart Association for its excellent care of stroke patients. May is Stroke Month.

Stroke: Every Second Counts!

Please join Lexington Medical Center on Monday, May 19 for a free physician lecture called “Stroke – Every Second Matters!” The lecture is at 6:00 p.m. inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium on the hospital campus.

Dr. Francisco Albert

Dr. Francisco Albert

Dr. Francisco Albert of Lexington Medical Center will give the lecture. Statistics show that the Southeast region of the United States has a higher incidence of stroke than the rest of the nation. Nationally, about 2.5% of Americans will suffer a stroke. In the Southeast, nearly 4% of residents will have a stroke. Dr. Albert will talk about risk factors, symptoms, types of strokes, the role of blood pressure in stroke risk and the importance of timely treatment.

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs and begins to die. According to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

“Stroke – Every Second Matters!” is free and open to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. Light refreshments will be served. The event is part of the hospital’s monthly physician lecture series and also recognizes May as Stroke Awareness Month. For more information on the physician lecture series, visit LexMed.com

What’s a Stroke?

May is Stroke Month.

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs and begins to die. Warning signs include weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, facial drooping, confusion and the inability to talk. Risk factors for stroke are untreated high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and high cholesterol.

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According to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Stroke is an emergency. Call 911 at the first sign of stroke. Modifying your lifestyle can help prevent stroke.

Lexington Medical Center has received many national awards and accolades for its stroke care. Read about them here.