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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Loyola Promoting National Stroke Awareness Month

Stroke awareness

MAYWOOD, IL – In recognition of National Stroke Awareness Month, Loyola Medicine will hold free education-and-screening health fairs, host a mass for stroke survivors and post educational tips on social media in May.
The health fairs, which are open to patients, staff and the public, include education on how to reduce the risk of stroke and how to recognize signs and symptoms of stroke. Attendees also will be offered blood pressure screenings.

The health fairs will be held Tuesday, May 10 through Thursday, May 12 from 11 am to 1 pm near the Jazzman Café in Loyola University Medical Center, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood, Illinois.

A mass for stroke survivors and their families will be offered at noon Sunday, May 22 in the medical center’s Paul V. Galvin Memorial Chapel.

“Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, and a leading cause of disability,” said José Biller, MD, chair of Loyola’s Department of Neurology and an internationally known stroke specialist. “Stroke can happen to anyone at any age.”

Dr. Biller said people can significantly reduce their risk of stroke by controlling risk factors including tobacco and alcohol use, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, transient ischemic attacks (mini strokes), diabetes, obesity and heart conditions such as atrial fibrillation.

A stroke is a brain attack that occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. Brain cells begin to die.

It’s critically important to recognize the signs and symptoms of stroke and to call 911 right away. “Time is brain,” Dr. Biller said. “Prompt treatment potentially can reduce stroke damage significantly.”

Video public service announcements with important-to-know facts about stroke will run frequently on Loyola’s social media channels throughout May.

Loyola Medicine and Palos Community Hospital recently launched an innovative telemedicine program that enables Loyola specialists to assist Palos physicians in diagnosing and treating strokes in patients who come to Palos Community Hospital.

For more information about Loyola’s stroke awareness month events, call Jessica Ray, RN, Loyola’s stroke program coordinator, at 708-216-3764.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.