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Stroke Center – Stroke Awareness

Stroke Center – Stroke Awareness

May is Stroke Awareness Month!

What is a stroke?

A stroke happens when blood flow to the brain is blocked. This can happen when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks. When either of these things happen, brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs.

Get Help

If you think you are experiencing a stroke, call 911

Did you know?

  • Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States.
  • Stroke kills more than twice as many American women every year as breast cancer.

Ask Us Anything About...Stroke (AUAA video)

Did you know?

Did you know?

The face of stroke is changing. Even though the overall rate of stroke is declining, it is increasing for young people aged 25 to 44, while decreasing for those 65 and older.

Read more about the changing face of stroke:

Did you know?

A stroke can happen at any age. Children can learn the signs and symptoms of stroke to help save a life! Help them be a Stroke Detective! Download the Stroke Detective book.

Learn more about pediatric stroke

Help the Penn State Comprehensive Stroke Center spread the word about the symptoms of stroke and what to do if you suspect a stroke. Watch this!

BE FAST was developed by Intermountain Healthcare, as an adaptation of the FAST model implemented by the American Stroke Association. Reproduced with permission from Intermountain Healthcare. Copyright 2011, Intermountain Health Care.

Penn State Comprehensive Stroke Center Events

Stroke Night at the Senators Game – May 4

Gates open at 5:45 p.m. for the 7 p.m. game
First National Bank Field, City Island, 245 Championship Way, Harrisburg

Join the Penn State Comprehensive Stroke Center staff as the Senators face Hartford. Stroke Center staff will be available to answer any questions. There will be giveaways and activities, including a real human brain!

Ask Us Anything About…Stroke – May 5 at noon

Join the co-directors of the Stroke Center at noon to ask them any question you have about stroke! 

Join the conversation at:  

Community Day to Celebrate Stroke Awareness Month – May 6

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital, 1135 Old West Chocolate Avenue, Hummelstown


  • Speakers
  • Vendors
  • Activities
  • Light refreshments
  • Great door prizes including Senators tickets, Hersheypark tickets and specialty baskets

Schedule of events:

10:30 a.m. –“Courageous faith: Between a rock and a hard place"
Donald Yeagle, Stroke Survivor (Pastor at Shepherds Gate Worship Center)

11:15 a.m. –“Driving after a stroke"
Dr. William Pomilla, FAAPM&R (PM&R Stroke Program Director, Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital)

12:15 p.m. –“Adjustment and emotional functioning following a stroke"
Dr. Lisa Eaton, Neuropsychologist, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

1 p.m. – “Brain stimulation to enhance post-stroke speech, language and motor recovery"
Dr. Raymond Reichwein, Stroke Program Director, Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital and Co-director, Penn State Comprehensive Stroke Center

Good Day PA Takeover and Webchat – May 15 on abc27 at 12:30 p.m.

Do you have a question about stroke symptoms or treatment options? Join specialists from Penn State Comprehensive Stroke Center for a live webchat during a special Good Day PA about stroke.

Watch an inspiring patient story and send your questions about stroke to the Stroke Center staff at

Kathy Morrison, RN, MSN, CNRN, and Alicia Richardson, RN, MSN, ACCNS-AG, will be responding to viewer questions.

Central Penn Parent Festival – June 10

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
HACC Harrisburg Campus

Ask your questions about stroke and see the traveling FAST banners!

Photo of the National Stroke Association FAST banners.

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