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South Bay Hospital Recognizes Stroke Awareness Month

May 11, 2011

Sun City Center, FL - May is Stroke Awareness Month and in recognition of this South Bay Hospital is hosting a “Tea and Talk” event. If you want to learn more about risk factors, prevention and support for those who have suffered from a stroke, you are invited to attend this free event. Kim McKell, RN, MSN, Stroke Coordinator for South Bay Hospital will lead an informative discussion about the importance of stroke awareness. The event will be held on Thursday, May 19th from 10:00 am to 11:30 am.

In the United States, about 795,000 people suffer a stroke each year, according to the American Heart Association. It is the fourth largest cause of death in the United States, and the leading cause of serious long term disability.  A stroke occurs when the blood supply to a part of the brain is restricted or severely reduced. This interruption in the blood flow can happen due to a blockage or hemorrhaging in the veins and arteries of the brain.

Although a stroke is a serious medical emergency, it is also preventable and treatable. High blood pressure, diabetes and smoking are all factors that multiply the likelihood of stroke. Activities such as exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, eating well and quitting smoking can prevent the onset of stroke. For more information, or to make a reservation for the “Tea and Talk” event, please call 1-888-685-1595.

About South Bay Hospital

South Bay Hospital is a 112 bed, acute care hospital serving Sun City Center, Ruskin, Wimauma, Riverview, Apollo Beach, Gibsonton and the surrounding areas. South Bay is Joint Commission Accredited, Accredited by the Society for Chest Pain Centers in Chest Pain and Heart Failure, a Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center, and a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement. South Bay offers a wide range of services including general and vascular surgery, urology, cardiology, orthopedic, and spine surgery.