RTH Stroke Foundation and Partners Visit the Housing Authority

Yesterday, on 5/19/16 for the third time this year, the RTH Stroke Foundation and partners visited the Housing Authority of Reseda to deliver a much-needed seminar on Stroke and Diabetes. The lecture was given by USC Nurse Betty Callens to roughly thirty two residents of the Los Angeles County Housing Authority. After the lecture, the attendees were treated to free screenings of their blood pressure and carotid arteries. At least one attendee was found to have had a major blockage of the carotid arteries and was advised to seek medical attention following the seminar. The RTH Stroke Foundation and partners will continue to serve this community as the year goes on.

 

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City Awards RTH Stroke Foundation With Proclamation

Today, the Laguna Woods City Council awarded the RTH Stroke Foundation with a Proclamation, which acknowledges May as Stroke Awareness month and the RTH Stroke Foundation’s dedication to eradicating stroke in their vicinity. The award was presented to Guy Navarro of the Foundation before the Council and several other city officials in attendance. Included with the certificate was the city’s pledge to acknowledge May as Stroke Awareness month and disseminate as much information on stroke as possible to their community. The RTH Stroke Foundation was proud to accept this acknowledgement and will continue to spearhead the fight against stroke as the year goes on.

 

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RTH and Saddleback Memorial Bring Laguna Hills Venue to Max Occupancy

The RTH Stroke Foundation in partnership with Saddleback Memorial and Dr. Ronald Gim brought the Florence Sylvester Senior Center in Laguna Hills to max occupancy on Tuesday with an informative lecture on Atrial Fibrillation and its relationship to stroke. Post-lecture, many of the attendees were treated to free life-saving carotid artery and blood pressure screenings by RTH Foundation staff and our onsite LVN. Don’t miss our next event in your area – check our website calendar and register for one of our upcoming seminars today!

 

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First Annual Stroke Health Fair Of USC To Come To LA

On May 26th, 2016 at the USC Health Sciences Campus in Los Angeles, USC in partnership with the RTH Stroke Foundation will unveil their first annual Stroke Health Fair. Lectures on the signs and symptoms of stroke, as well as how to prevent them, will be delivered in Spanish and English by renowned USC doctors. In addition to these free lectures – free blood pressure, carotid artery screenings, and more will be delivered to attendees. Register on our website today or call us at (888) 794-9466 to attend!

 

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Being Trapped Inside Of Your Body – Another Reason To Consider Your Risk Factors For Stroke

Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of disability. When considering risk factors for any disease, the approach of most people is to lower their risk of death, but stroke offers a whole host of other maladies to take into consideration. Granted a person survives their stroke, they are at a 90% chance of suffering permanent disability – often of which, is quite frightening. One of the most common side effects of a stroke is Aphasia – the condition in which a survivor is unable to communicate at no loss to their former intelligence. The condition is looked at in many ways, as being stuck inside of one’s body.

A recent article published by the Washington Post, in light of Stroke Awareness Month, details a Brain Stem Stroke Survivor’s feeling of ‘being trapped inside’ of her body post stroke. She endured a long and daunting road to recovery and suffered from a paralyzing condition called ‘Locked-in Syndrome,’ in which, she was fully aware of her surroundings but completely paralyzed and unable to communicate.

‘Locked-in Syndrome’ is just another after effect of stroke to consider in this month dedicated to raising awareness. To read the article on Alfaro and her experience with ‘Locked-in Syndrome’, click on the link below. Another aspect of Alfaro’s story to take into account is that she was just 32 when she experienced the stroke that left her temporarily paralyzed.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/%E2%80%98i-was-still-in-there%E2%80%99-a-32-year-old-learns-what-it%E2%80%99s-like-to-be-trapped-inside-her-own-body/ar-BBswF4i?li=BBnbfcL

Stroke warning signs:

  • Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm, or leg
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding
  • Sudden dizziness, loss of balance, or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
  • Facial drooping limited to one side of the face

Get to the Hospital within 3 hours and as soon as possible by calling 911 if any of these signs are noticed. 3 hours is the Goldilocks window to save yourself or another person from permanent brain damage or death in the event of a stroke.

Also, consider the core 4 risk factors of stroke:

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes/Obesity
  • Heart Disease
  • Depression