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CDH Sponsors Stroke Awareness Event

Stop Stroke F.A.S.T. at the Winfield Town Center, Saturday, May 22

WINFIELD, Ill., May 6, 2010 – Stroke remains the third leading cause of death in the U.S., although the National Stroke Association reports that up to 80% of all strokes are preventable. On Saturday, May 22, 2010 from 9 am – 1 pm Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) is hosting “Stop Stroke F.A.S.T.” at the Winfield Town Center, 2nd Floor (0S050 Winfield Rd., Winfield).

F.A.S.T. represents a simple test to check for stroke symptoms.

F         FACE = Ask the person to smile, does one side of his face droop?
A         ARMS = Ask the person to raise both arms, does one arm drift downward?
S         SPEECH = Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can she repeat the sentence correctly?
T         TIME = If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is important. Call 911 or get to a hospital fast, brain cells are dying. 

The free event will offer information about risk factors including: high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, stress, alcohol use, diabetes, high cholesterol, poor diet, lack of physical activity and atrial fibrillation.

Presentations about stroke treatment options at CDH will be made by Dr. Harish Shownkeen, interventional neuroradiologist on the medical staff at CDH and co-medical director of the Stroke & Neurovascular Program and Maripat Lamp, APN, stroke coordinator at CDH will speak about preventable risk factors, signs and symptoms of a stroke.

There will be free blood pressure screenings and information available.

About Central DuPage Hospital
Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) is a nationally recognized 313-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb west of Chicago. CDH is a leading center for medical technology and one of the busiest surgical hospitals in Illinois.
For the last four consecutive years, Thomson Reuters has listed CDH as a 100 Top Hospital in the U.S. Similarly, U.S. News & World Report has included CDH on their list of Best Hospitals in the orthopaedics category each year since 2007.

The hospital is part of an interdependent network of health-care organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services and a full range of options for senior living, home health and hospice care. For more information or to find a doctor on the medical staff of CDH, visit www.cdh.org or call 630-933-4CDH (4234)/ TTY 630-933-4833 for the hearing impaired.

Christopher King
630-776-5373 (cell)