Stockbridge, Ga. (January 22, 2014) – Piedmont Henry Hospital will host Homerun for Health, a stroke awareness event with the Atlanta Braves caravan on Friday, January 31 from 10 a.m. to noon in the hospital’s South Tower lobby.
Participants will receive free blood pressure screening, assistance in determining Body Mass Index (BMI), fitness information, stroke education, giveaways and have the opportunity to be photographed with and receive autographs from members of the Atlanta Braves.
“Approximately 80 percent of strokes are preventable with proper treatment when warning signs are observed,” said Richard Stappenback M.D., lead neurologist for Piedmont Henry’s stroke program. “We hope this event will help our community, which has a higher incidence of stroke than others, recognize the importance of identifying the signs of stroke.”
Stroke, also referred to as a “brain attack,” occurs when a blood vessel breaks or a blood clot blocks an artery, interrupting blood supply to the brain. Strokes can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of age, race or gender. The most common signs of a stroke include sudden difficulty seeing, walking or talking; weakness on one side of the body; and a sudden, severe headache with no known cause.
The key to optimal recovery from stroke is to act F.A.S.T.:
• Face – look for an uneven smile
• Arm – check if one arm is weak
• Speech – listen for slurred speech
• Time – call 911 right away
Last year, Piedmont Henry achieved certification as a Primary Stroke Center from The Joint Commission. To achieve certification, Piedmont Henry underwent a rigorous on-site review performed by stroke experts from The Joint Commission. Upon completion of the review, Piedmont Henry was granted a standard two-year certification and became the second Piedmont hospital to achieve this designation.
To learn more about stroke, visit piedmonthenry.org.