May is National Stroke Awareness Month Are You At Risk

Free educational event set for Saturday, May 1To educate our communities about stroke, a life-altering disease, MeritCare is inviting the public to a free stroke educational event on Saturday, May 1, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. "Stroke: Prevent, Survive and Thrive" will take place at Courtyards by Marriott, 1080 28th Ave. S., Moorhead.

To educate our communities about stroke, a life-altering disease, MeritCare is inviting the public to a free stroke educational event on Saturday, May 1, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. "Stroke: Prevent, Survive and Thrive" will take place at Courtyards by Marriott, 1080 28th Ave. S., Moorhead. Light lunch and refreshments will be served from 11-11:45 a.m.

Event speakers include Dr. Kevin Faber, MeritCare Stroke Program Director, and Dr. Paul Lindquist of Stroke Recovery Enhancement. Topics will include prevention, signs and symptoms, treatment and recovery. A panel of stroke survivors will also share their personal stories.

For more information or to register, call (701) 234-5570 or toll free (877) 234-4240. Participants are encouraged to register.

Facts about stroke:
  • The CDC reports that those who suffer from high blood pressure, heart disease, atrial fibrillation, diabetes and users of tobacco substances are at greater risk of suffering a stroke.
  • According to the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control (CDC) an estimated 795,000 strokes occur in the United States alone each year; and nearly three-quarters of all strokes occur in those over 65 years of age.
  • Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and those who survive are often left with serious long-term disabilities.