World Stroke Day Call to Action

Would you know what to do if someone had a stroke near you?

Four stroke survivors, medical experts from local stroke centers and a representative from Medtronics, joined forces at Market 32 by Price Chopper on Thursday, Oct. 29, to share their stories.

October 29 was World Stroke Day, and everyone agreed that knowing the warning signs of stroke and knowing what to do if someone had a stroke were critical pieces of information.

Rosalyn Wallace, Paula Symanski, Eric Jackson and Ellen Abbott shared their stories with the public.

Margie Panetta, RN, program director of the Stroke Center at Ellis Medicine, and Maggie Ellithorpe, RN, stroke specialist at ST. Peter’s, discussed resrouces available at their hospitals. Kat DeSantis of Medtronic talked about breakthrough devices to treat stroke, and the work that Dr. Alan Boulous, chief of neurology at Albany Med, is using.

Kathy Bryan, VP of pharmacy at Price Chopper, explained that Price Chopper and Market 32 stores with pharmacies all offer blood pressure screenings.

High blood pressure is a risk factor for stroke. Knowing the acronym FAST – Face Drooping, Arm Weakness, Slurred Speech, Time to Call 911 – will help you remember what to do if someone is suffering a stroke.

Links to media coverage can be found here:

http://www.cnweekly.com/articles/2015/10/30/news/doc5632ab2cba1c9278612171.txt

http://www.cbs6albany.com/news/features/featured/stories/world-stroke-day-raises-awareness-symptoms-9270.shtml

http://www.twcnews.com/nys/capital-region/news/2015/10/29/american-heart-association–market-32-mark-world-stroke-day.html

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