In honor of World Stroke Day on Tuesday, Oct. 29, Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare’s Stroke Program will host a dinner and presentation, “Women and Stroke,” to educate the community on the dangers and risk factors of stroke, particularly in women. The event will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Soggs Room at St. Luke’s Home in the Center for Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Services, 1650 Champlin Ave., Utica.
There is a $5 per person fee that includes dinner and the presentation.
As a major cause of death, long-term disability and health care utilization, stroke has a greater impact on women than men, according to a news release. Most women believe their greatest health threat is breast cancer even though they are twice as likely to die from stroke, according to the release. The incidence of younger women suffering from strokes is rapidly increasing as well, according to the release.
“Only 27 percent of women can name more than two of the six primary stroke symptoms and seven out of ten women said they are not aware they are more likely than men to have a stroke,” said Scott Brehaut, MD, medical director of the stroke program at FSLH. “When you add in the risk factors that are unique to women such as birth control pills, pregnancy and hormone replacement therapy, it’s vital that women become more informed about stroke, the risk factors and the signs that a stroke may be occurring. This presentation will provide the information women need to know about stroke.”
Dr. Brehaut will also discuss the prevalence of stroke in the community, the traditional and gender-specific risk factors and symptoms associated with stroke, as well as the importance of recognizing stroke symptoms early.
Reservations should be made by Friday, Oct. 25, by contacting Laura Love at firstname.lastname@example.org or 624-6847.