For Immediate Release
April 30, 2018
Contact: Joy Alexiou
408-885-4164 or 408-595-2936
Santa Clara County, CA – Because stroke victims rarely call 911, the only way to have them reach the emergency room quickly is to educate the community about the warning symptoms of stroke and the need to call 9-1-1.
Stroke Alert Day is Tuesday May 1st. From 7am - 8am, in scrubs and lab coats, nurses and other medical staff from Santa Clara Valley Medical Center will be at Diridon station, 65 Cahill Street, San Jose. They will be distributing 1,000 F.A.S.T post cards in 60 minutes. FAST = the symptoms of stroke: Face droop -Arm weakness - Speech difficulty, and Time to call 911 immediately. Staff will also be available to answer stroke-related questions.
“Using the FAST acronym is an easy way to recognize a stroke and know what to do if you see someone showing the symptoms of stroke,” said Theodora Kalatzi, RN, Stroke Nurse Coordinator, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. “We want more people to know the warning signs and how important is to call 9-1-1 immediately.”
Stroke Alert is the combined efforts of healthcare providers, local organizations and volunteers to reach out to the community on a single day. In Santa Clara County, volunteers from hospitals, Emergency Medical Services and fire departments will distribute FAST postcards to passengers at Bart and Caltrain stations. The goal is to reduce the impact of stroke by educating more people about the warning signs of stroke and the need to call 911 immediately.
A stroke is a brain attack in which blood and oxygen are cut off to a part of the brain. It can strike anyone, at any age. If you smoke, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes you may be at an elevated risk for stroke. Nearly 800,000 Americans have a new or recurrent stroke every year. Of these, 130,000 die as a result of stroke.
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is an Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certified by the Joint Commission and is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for Stroke Care (inpatient and outpatient).