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Burke Rehabilitation Hospital to Host Free Educational Event for National Stroke Awareness Month

Released May 1, 2012

WHITE PLAINS, NY – May 1, 2012 -- With nearly 800,000 Americans sustaining a debilitating stroke each year, public education on the issue is one of the most effective ways of reducing its incidence. In recognition of May as Stroke Awareness Month, The Burke Rehabilitation Hospital will host Stroke Awareness Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 23 in the hospital’s Wood Pavilion, Building #7 at 785 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains.

In 2011, stroke was the leading cause of disability of adults in the United States. It is the hope that this educational program, and others like it, can help reduce the numbers of Americans who sustain a stroke each year. According to Lisa Edelstein, O.T., Burke’s Stroke Program director, “Someone in the United States dies from a stroke every 3.3 minutes and more than 4 million people are living with the after affects of a stroke. The goal of Stroke Awareness Day at Burke is to educate community members about ways to reduce their risk of stroke and to provide needed information about services available to stroke survivors and their families.”

Service providers and health care professionals will provide information on stroke prevention, treatment options, recovery, stroke rehabilitation and the caregiver’s role in taking care of a loved one who has survived a stroke. Free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings will be available, along with information on smoking cessation, support groups, home care, medicine management and home safety.

Stroke Awareness Day is free and open to the public, with lunch included. Due to space limitations, registration is required. Please call Lisa Edelstein at (914) 597-2256 to register and for information.

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is a private, not-for-profit, acute rehabilitation hospital. Founded in 1915, it is the only hospital in Westchester County dedicated solely to rehabilitation medicine. Burke offers both inpatient and outpatient programs for those who have experienced a disabling illness, traumatic injury or joint replacement surgery. Burke is both an acute rehabilitation hospital and medical research center. Burke’s world renowned doctors and therapists provide state-of-the-art ¬treatment, while research scientists explore the frontiers of neurological and pulmonary medicine. All share the Burke mission to ensure that every patient makes the fullest possible recovery from illness or injury regardless of their ability to pay.

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