WCA To Host Stroke Seminar

The UPMC Chautauqua WCA stroke and wellness team will provide stroke prevention information and offer a free interactive activity that demonstrates the effects of a stroke on Wednesday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the main lobby at UPMC Chautauqua WCA, 207 Foote Ave., Jamestown.

The education is free to the public. Parking is available in the visitor’s parking lot adjacent to the front entrance of the hospital. The stroke/emergency, wellness, and inpatient medical rehabilitation teams will be available to answer questions. According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the fifth-leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.

“It is crucial for someone having a stroke to get medical attention immediately,” said Emelia Lindquist-Harley, director of nursing and nurse manager emergency department at UPMC Chautauqua WCA. “Anyone can have a stroke and everyone should be ready to recognize the signs of a stroke. Our free education will give the public tips on how to spot stroke signs and know when to call 9-1-1 immediately.”

The stroke team will demonstrate the devastating effects that stroke sufferers experience and bring awareness of the importance of stroke prevention and education. The public can participate with the stroke team in an interactive activity demonstrated on a mini-golf turf that reveals the different disabilities that a patient may experience if he/she had a stroke.

“Learn why and what you can do about a stroke,” adds Toni DeAngelo, director of community health and wellness at UPMC Chautauqua WCA. “Stop by and learn how to act FAST!”

For more information on the free stroke program, contact UPMC Chautauqua WCA Public Relations at 664-8614.