Stroke prevention seminar breaks records, saves lives


The Downey Patriot, February 28, 2013

On a Wednesday at the Rio Hondo Event Center, more than 300 people attended a free stroke prevention seminar and took part in carotid artery screenings. At the doctor’s office, these screenings would have cost a total of more than $150,000. But on this day, the RTH Stroke Foundation provided the screenings for free and Mark Shelton of the Rio Hondo Event Center provided the ballroom, audio visual services and refreshments at no charge.

“We found one person who had a more than 80 percent blockage of their carotid,” said RTH Stroke Foundation President Deborah Massaglia. “Because this was immediately life-threatening, our screenings truly saved a life today.”

Stroke has become the leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. and the fourth leading cause of death in our nation,” she said.  But more than 80% of all strokes are preventable, which is why the RTH Stroke Foundation and its partners, the Rancho Los Amigos Foundation, Rio Hondo Event Center and The Downey Patriot, have embarked on an ambitious program to make people aware of what they can do to prevent strokes.

Additional slots opened for stroke prevention fair

The Downey Patriot, February 21, 2013 

When a front page story in The Downey Patriot announcing a stroke prevention seminar appeared last February, the response was overwhelming and a lot more. The 80 people who expressed interest the first day of the announcement ended up ballooning to well over 300 attendees by the day of the event. The record-breaking response was exciting news for the RTH Stroke Foundation and its partners for a new Primary Stroke Prevention initiative in Downey, the Rancho Los Amigos Foundation, Rio Hondo Event Center and The Downey Patriot.

“We were thrilled that so many people wanted to attend this seminar,” said RTH Stroke Foundation President and Downey native Deborah Massaglia. “The response shows that Mayor Mario Guerra was right when he said that the citizens of Downey are truly interested in improving their health.”

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Major stroke prevention effort gets underway

The Downey Patriot, February 7, 2013 

The  piece opens with the odyssey of Sarah, a young mother who suffered her first stroke.  Its theme: Sarah’s stroke didn’t have to happen, and neither do the thousands of strokes that occur each day. The article goes on to describe the efforts of the RTH Foundation and others to educate people so they can successfully avoid ever having a stroke. Nearly 42,000 people have viewed this article since it was posted online in February of 2013.

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