The Greenwood-Leflore Hospital held a Stroke Awareness event to help educate the community. According to the Medical Dictionary, a stroke is the sudden death of brain cells in a localized area due to inadequate blood flow.
Registered Nurse at the Hospital's Emergency Department, MJ Fluker says, "We are very privileged to offer this to the public so that the public may know the importance of the signs of symptoms. A simple slurred speech, a simple weakness that could lead to a life saving fact that this patient or person might be having a stroke."
Fluker says strokes occur more often that what people realize.
"If they have high blood pressure, if the have a problem with diabetes,if they have a problem with cholesterol it's more common."
That's why health experts urge residents to know their numbers. Free screenings were available for residents who attended the event. Crystal Guyse, Stroke Coordinator at St. Dominic's Hospital says passing information along, could save a life.
"It's very important because not only by us telling you, you may go home and tell your family, people at your church, people that you work with, and just to spread the word that it's very important because we're working with a very small time window here and that every second counts," she says.
Fluker says, "We have a window to declout the blood clot in the brain. We have at least 3.5 to 4 hours to remedy that clot or else it may lead to a different lifestyle. The patient can be deliberated can not recover from that stroke."
It's important to note that stroke can affect all ages. Health officials tell us if someone is showing signs, and symptoms of stroke, don't try to drive the patient to the hospital, the best thing to do is call 911.