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Stroke or “Brain Attack:” Subject of Free Lecture

New Britain [April 03 2007] - Stroke, or “brain attacks” as they are also called, are the number three cause of death and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in America. It is estimated that 66 percent of stroke survivors struggle with moderate to severe disability, and an estimated $56 billion in health care costs are spent each year. About 750,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year, and of those, 160,000 die. Nearly 5 million individuals in the U.S. have survived a stroke.
On Tuesday, April 17, “Brain Attack” will be the subject of a lecture at The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s New Britain campus. The lecture is the first in the Hospital’s Spring Health Wisdom Lecture Series and will take place in the hospital cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served at 6:15. The talk is free, but registration is encouraged.
Brain attacks are preventable, and like heart attack, the sooner a victim gets emergency help, the less damage is done. A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted by a blocked or burst blood vessel. Many people are not sure of stroke symptoms.
Stroke symptoms include: sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm, or leg (especially on one side of the body); sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; sudden trouble seeing; sudden dizziness, loss of balance, or coordination; sudden severe headache with no known cause.
The key here is “sudden,” says Bonnie Boucher Archambault, BSN, MS, stroke program coordinator and clinical nurse specialist at The Hospital of Central Connecticut. Boucher Archambault will cover definition, types, causes, and symptoms of stroke. She will also talk about risk factors and early warning signs. “Early recognition of a brain attack leads to early intervention. And when someone is having a brain attack, “time lost is brain lost,” says Boucher Archambault.
Other lectures coming up this spring include: “Eating Right as You Age” on Tuesday, May 8; and “Inside Your Highways and Byways,” about the health of your vascular system, on Wednesday June 20. All lectures are free, but registration is encouraged. Please call 1-888-224-4440 to reserve your seat.

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