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May 7, 2014

Stroke awareness month

DANVILLE – The month of May is National Stroke Awareness Month.

Danville Mayor Bernie Swank signed a proclamation Tuesday night during the Danville Borough Council meeting for the special month.

The proclamation recognized Geisinger Medical Center “for working hard to educate our valued community about the risk factors for stroke and how they can  be reduced.”

According to the American Stroke Association, a stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and the No. 1 cause of disability in the U.S. On average, a stroke claims the life of one American every 4 minutes. The association estimates a stroke occurs every 40 seconds.

The current treatment is a clot-busting medication that has been shown to significantly reverse the effects of stroke and helps reduce permanent disability. This treatment can only be provided if the stroke victim arrives at a hospital capable of performing this right away. Nationwide, it is estimated that only 3 to 5 percent of patients who suffer a stroke reach the hospital in time to be considered for this treatment, according to the association.

Geisinger’s stroke program is reaching out to educate the community about the importance of rapid evaluation and treatment when stroke symptoms develop.

Certified as a primary center for stroke care since 2007, Geisinger treats more than 800 stroke patients a year.

Geisinger has also established and maintains a telestroke network, connecting rural hospitals with a stroke neurologist so patients can be treated in emergency rooms within that time frame, according to the proclamation.

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