EMMC Recognizes World Stroke Day by Highlighting Lifesaving Tips

10/28/2016

(Bangor, Maine) – Time is the worst enemy for anyone who is experiencing a stroke, but with a quick response, it’s possible to save a life. EMMC is recognizing World Stroke Day by raising awareness about what to look for and how to respond if a stroke is suspected.

Common signs of stroke include drooping on one side of the face, weakness or numbness in an arm or leg, and difficulty speaking. When any of these symptoms are noticed, it is important to call 911 right away.

While World Stroke Day is recognized nationally on Saturday, October 29, EMMC is holding a stroke screening and education table at the hospital on Friday, October 28 in order to reach the greatest number of people. The screening and educational materials will be available to community members, visitors, patients, and employees between 9 am and 12:30 pm.

Strokes are relatively common, with an estimated one in six people in the US suffering a stroke during their lifetime. Many times, stroke victims do not recognize what is happening. “Strokes are often painless,” says Gillian Gordon Perue, MD, medical director, EMMC Stroke Care. “By increasing awareness of symptoms, we hope to decrease the negative effects on our patients’ lives.”

When stroke symptoms occur, quick action is important because emergency medical personnel and hospital staff can begin a series of time saving steps that are shown to greatly improve patient outcomes. “When a ‘Code Stroke’ is called, a multi-disciplinary team of experts springs into action in the Emergency Department,” says Dr. Gordon Perue. “After the ambulance arrives, we begin administering immediate treatment to prevent a debilitating prognosis.”

EMMC Stroke Care is certified by the Joint Commission and in 2016 was awarded the Gold Plus award for the fifth year in a row by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.