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May is Stroke Awareness Month

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. In order to help the community understand risk factors and symptoms of stroke, Memorial Hospital and the South Bend Silver Hawks will host a STRIKE OUT STROKE initiative at Coveleski Stadium on Friday, May 9 during the 7:35 p.m. game.

Silver Hawk’s Fans can receive a free blood pressure and stroke assessment screenings by the Memorial Hospital stroke team. Fans can also tour an ambulance, and register to win an autographed Silver Hawks jersey, or a Kindle Fire. Fireworks will take place after the game, and, weather permitting, MedFlight helicopter will perform a stadium flyover.

Strokes occur when the brain vessel carrying oxygen and vital nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or ruptures. When this occurs, part of the brain is deprived of blood and oxygen, destroying millions of valuable nerve cells within minutes.

“If you suspect a stroke, remember the word F-A-S-T,” said Patti Buss, R.N., Neuro Science Program Liaison at Memorial Hospital. “F is for Face-is your face drooping? A is for Arms-can you lift both arms? S is for Speech- are you slurring your words? T is for time, call 9-1-1 immediately because minutes count.“

For more information, please call Memorial’s Stroke Coordinator Patti Buss, R.N., at 574-647-6428.