May is Stroke Awareness Month and Valley Baptist Health System wants to educate the community on the importance of knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke by inviting them to free seminars all month long and the Third Annual FAST 5k Stroke Walk & Health Fair on Saturday, May 11th.
Each year, over 750,000 people suffer a stroke, of which 80% are preventable by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and recognizing the signs and symptoms of stroke to quickly seek care.
“During a stroke, time is a critical factor, early recognition of stroke symptoms can save you or your loved one’s life,” said Dr. Ameer E. Hassan, DO, FAHA, FSVIN, Head of the Neuroscience Department, Director of Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology and Director of Clinical Neuroscience Research at Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen. “As the first designated Comprehensive Stroke Center in the Valley, we have been committed to educating our community and caring for stroke patients to ensure the best possible outcomes.”
Stroke is a type of cardiovascular disease which can be caused by a blocked artery (ischemic stroke) or the leaking or bursting of a blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke).
“Knowing your risk for stroke and visiting regularly with your doctor is the best way to prevent a stroke from occurring,” said Hassan. “Maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise can help keep your risk of stroke down.”
The Valley Baptist Neuroscience Institute continues to lead the way in the advancement of neurological treatments and research in the Rio Grande Valley. The Institute was the first hospital in the Rio Grande Valley and south of San Antonio to achieve Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification in 2016 by DNV Healthcare. It was also recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association with the “Elite Gold Plus” award for its fast response time in treating stroke patients.
Valley Baptist Health System invites the community to their free events during the month of May.
FREE Stroke Awareness and Education Events
Dinner with a Doctor, Stroke Research with Dr. Ameer Hassan, Interventional Neurologist
Thursday, May 2 at 6:30pm
Valley Baptist Medical Center Harlingen – 2101 Pease Street, Harlingen, TX
(Woodward Conference Room)
FAST 5k Stroke Education Run/Walk & Health Fair
Saturday, May 11 at 8:00am
Sunrise Mall – 2370 North Expressway, Brownsville, TX
Dinner with a Doctor, Signs, Symptoms & Treatment of Stroke with Dr. Luis Gaitan, Neurologist
Thursday, May 16 at 6:00pm
Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownville – 1040 W. Jefferson St, Brownsville Texas
Know the Signs of Stroke
It’s important for Valley residents to know the following warning signs of stroke and teach them to others – because with stroke, every second counts:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg – especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
Stroke is a medical emergency – call 911 immediately if you or someone you know experiences symptoms. Learning to recognize the warning signs of stroke and acting quickly when they occur can mean the difference in surviving a stroke and minimizing long-term disability, or being physically and mentally devastated and dying from stroke.