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.
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?
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:
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: https://www.facebook.com/pennsthershey
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
- 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 abc27.com/strokechat.
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!