Beaumont Hosts 1st Community Stroke Conference

9/23/2009

Each year about 700,000 Americans have a new or recurrent stroke, a leading cause of death and disability. After a stroke, patients and their families can benefit from education and support services.

Beaumont Hospitals invites stroke survivors, families, caregivers and friends to attend its first community stroke conference, "Life After Stroke ... Back on Track," from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22 at the Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois Road (north of Big Beaver Road). Registration is $10 per person and includes lunch, exhibits and all workshops.

William Anderson, M.D., chief of Emergency Services, Beaumont Hospital, Troy, will discuss why it is important to seek immediate medical attention if one is having difficulty walking, talking, reaching, seeing or feeling. He'll also explain how stroke is treated in a hospital emergency center.

Says Dr. Anderson, "Don't ignore the signs. The quicker a patient seeks medical attention the better the outcome. If you suspect a stroke, don't drive yourself or a family member to the hospital emergency center, call 911."

Conference speakers will provide an overview of stroke; interventions; depression; prevention; risk factors; recovery services and will recount survivor stories.

Call Beaumont's Physician Referral Service toll-free at 1-800-633-7377 by Oct. 16 to reserve a seat. Space is limited.

On average, someone has a stroke every 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes in the United States. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the country, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.

Beaumont offers comprehensive neuroscience services including stroke and stroke-related problems; minimally invasive endoscopic head and spine procedures; gamma radiosurgery for tumors and other brain conditions; minimally invasive surgery; head injuries; tumors; vascular diseases of the brain and spinal cord; pain management; degenerative spinal disorders; and pediatric neurosurgery. CT stereotactic brain biopsies for tissue diagnosis in brain tumors are also available. In addition, there is a Myasthenia Gravis Treatment Center; a Neurology Clinic; a Neuromuscular Clinic for children; neuroradiology; and clinical neurophysiology. All three Beaumont hospitals are on the U.S. News and World Report 2009 list of the "Top 50" hospitals in the country for neurology and neurosurgery (Grosse Pointe, 34th; Royal Oak, 40th; Troy, 49th).

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