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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Hospital of Saint Raphael to hold Stroke Awareness Day

NEW HAVEN - The Hospital of Saint Raphael will hold a Stroke Awareness Day event in the hospital cafeteria at 1450 Chapel St. in New Haven from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday.
The vent is part of a nationwide effort to educate people about the warning signs of stroke, the hospital said in a statement.
Dr. Lori Cretella, a Saint Raphael’s neurologist and noted stroke expert, will be available to answer questions and provide stroke education materials, the statement said.
Members of the Saint Raphael Stroke Center Program and caregivers for individuals who have suffered a stroke also will participate, the statement said.
Stroke has been in the news in recent weeks: Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Beau Biden, 41, suffered a stroke on May 11 and rocker Bret Michaels is recovering from a type of stroke called a subarachnoid hemorrhage, the statement said.
Nearly 800,000 Americans are expected to suffer strokes this year, according to the National Stroke Association, sponsor of Stroke Awareness Month, the statement said.

Saint Raphael’s Stroke Center Program features a dedicated Stroke Team consisting of neurologists, nurses, physician’s assistants and therapists with specialized training in diagnosing and treating stroke patients, the statement said.

Editor's note: the information in this post was provided by Hospital of Saint Raphael.

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