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2009 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Hosts Seminar As Part of Stroke Awareness Month
CLEARWATER, Fla., (April 22, 2009)— May is Stroke Awareness Month and physicians at Morton Plant Mease Heath Care are reaching out to the community by educating them on stroke prevention and risk factors associated with stroke. On May 6, 2009, stroke specialist Dr. Ajay Arora, neuro-interventionalist Dr. Eric Lopez del Valle and vascular surgeon Dr. John Ofenloch will give a free informational session on stroke. The specialists will discuss prevention, recognizing symptoms, treatment, recovery and the latest research on stroke.

Participants will be given a risk factor assessment form to determine their risk of having a stroke. They will have an opportunity to meet with a nurse specializing in stroke to review the information and answer questions and offer referrals.

The session will be held on May 6, at 10:00 a.m. in the Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, 430 Morton Plant Street, Clearwater, Florida. To register, call (727) 462-7500, or for more information call (727)734-6867.

Strokes are the third leading cause of death in America and the number one cause of adult disability. The good news is that approximately 80% of strokes are preventable, according to the National Stroke Association. To help remember the symptoms and better recognize a person having a stroke, the National Stroke Association has come up with a simple acronym, FAST.

•F - Face The face droop on one side when the person smiles
•A - Arm After raising both arms, one of the arms drift downwards
•S - Speech Speech slurred or strange
•T - Time If any or all of the above are observed, call 9-1-1, noting the time at onset of symptoms
Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals – Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.