St.Joseph Physical and Sports Therapy partnered with the American Heart Association to develop this monthly stroke support group for stroke survivors and their families. Group goals include:
Two certified speech-language pathologists facilitate the support group, which breaks up into two meeting groups, one for stroke survivors and one for caregivers.When: Third Thursday of every month, 3–4:30 p.m.Where: St.Joseph Physical and Sports Therapy – Forest Park 2130 W. Sycamore St. Kokomo, INInfo: For more information or to register, please call (765) 236-8500.
Every 45 seconds, someone in America has a stroke.Every 3.1 minutes, someone dies of one.What is a Stroke?A stroke is a brain attack. It occurs when an artery in the brain is blocked or ruptured and blood-carrying oxygen to the brain cells is cut off. A brain attack affects all activity from walking to speaking and breathing. Strokes, like heart attacks, require immediate emergency care. It is essential that individuals who experience stroke symptoms go to the emergency room or dial 911. Many individuals who experience symptoms wait too long before seeking medical attention. The faster medical attention is sought, the greater the patient’s chances of recovery.Signs and SymptomsSigns and symptoms of a stroke include:
These are warning signs only. But if they occur, call your doctor or call 911 immediately.Facts About Strokes
Access to Emergency Stroke CenterSt.Joseph is a member of the St.Vincent Health system, which includes health ministries throughout Indiana. Through this affiliation, St.Joseph patients have access to The Emergency Stroke Center at St.Vincent Indianapolis, which is a dedicated response team of health care professionals including ER physicians, neurologists, neuroradiologists, nurses and the EMS/EMT response team.