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April 10, 2007

MAURY REGIONAL HOSPITAL OFFERS FREE PROGRAM ON WOMEN AND STROKE

        

COLUMBIA, Tenn.—Maury Regional Hospital will be hosting Women & Stroke Dialogue, a free national broadcast and local town hall meeting on Tuesday, May 1, at 6:00 p.m. The program, sponsored in recognition of National Stroke Awareness Month, will be held in the Auxiliary Conference Room on the first floor of the hospital.

Participants will hear from renowned neurologist Marilyn M. Rymer, M.D., a national expert on women and stroke, and about the experiences of other women who have survived a stroke. Then, individuals will have the chance to discuss issues and concerns about stroke with Drs. Robin Gilmore and Lucy Ledbetter, neurologists on the medical staff at Maury Regional Hospital. Free stroke screenings will be conducted and attendees will receive a voucher for a free fasting cholesterol and glucose screening.

Stroke is a type of cardiovascular disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or the blood vessel bursts. As a result, part of the brain cannot get sufficient blood and oxygen and starts to die. If the signs of a stroke are recognized quickly and the individual is taken to the hospital, then there are special clot busting drugs that may be administered to stop the stroke before irreparable damage or death occurs.

“Women are very aware of health issues such as breast cancer; however, twice as many women die from stroke. Women also tend to have less traditional stroke factors and symptoms, which makes it more difficult to prevent and treat in time, so they need to know the facts about this deadly and debilitating health threat. Women need to be talking about stroke and Maury Regional Hospital wants to make sure that women in our community get the facts,” said Carey Albright, administrative director for neurologic services.

Light refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited for this free event. To register, please call 931.381.1111, extension 2445.  

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