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Media Contact: Lance Skelly 20 May 2004
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National Stroke Association Unveils Stroke Risk Score During May Stroke Awareness Month
Stroke is the leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death in the US, yet only two percent of the population fears having a stroke even though 4 out of 5 families over a lifetime will be touched by stroke. According to a current CDC publication entitled Atlas of Stroke Mortality: Racial, Ethnic, and Geographic Disparities in the United States, a total of 31,449 people (19,048 women and 12,401 men) ages 35 and older died from stroke during 1991-1998 in Georgia. In 2001, the stroke mortality rate in Georgia was 67.3 per 100,000, compared with 57.4 per 100,000 for the US.

National Stroke Association (NSA) returns to the Southeast this year to continue this education campaign and encourage patients to ask their doctors "How do I lower my stroke risk?" We've added a new Stroke Risk Score Card to our menu of patient education materials. Designed to provide a quick and easy assessment of stroke risk factors for physicians and their patients, the Stroke Risk Score Card can be ordered free of charge from NSA. NSA encourages doctors and patients to discuss stroke more often.

"The effects of stroke can be absolutely devastating, "says Dr. Richard Gitomer, Emory healthcare internist and Georgia's "Ask Your Doctor" champion. "What many people don't realize is that strokes are highly preventable. That is why the NSA's "Ask Your Doctor Program" is so important. Through this program, we are educating the public as well as providing resources like the new Stroke Risk Scorecard to healthcare providers, so they can educate their patients on what each individual can do to prevent strokes."

NSA recently conducted a doctor/patient poll to find out where people seek the latest information on stroke. Here are a few results:

* Eighty-seven percent of people say they see their primary care doctors regularly, but only 30 percent say stroke is discussed.

* One in five adults claim they have no idea how to reduce their risk of stroke.

* One in five health care providers do not treat stroke as an emergency.

National Stroke Association, in conjunction with Emory Healthcare, will host a media availability to announce the "Stroke Risk Scorecard" campaign in Georgia.

When: Friday, May 21 10:30-11:30am

Where: Emory Crawford Long Hospital, Glenn Building classroom 2, 550 Peachtree Street, Atlanta

Who: Dr. Richard Gitomer, Emory Healthcare general internist and AYD Chairperson, Dr. Michael Frankel, Emory neurologist, and a stroke survivor

Media Contact: Lance Skelly 20 May 2004
  lance.skelly@emory.edu    
  (404) 686-8538   Print  | Email ]
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National Stroke Association Unveils Stroke Risk Score During May Stroke Awareness Month
Stroke is the leading cause of disability and the third leading cause of death in the US, yet only two percent of the population fears having a stroke even though 4 out of 5 families over a lifetime will be touched by stroke. According to a current CDC publication entitled Atlas of Stroke Mortality: Racial, Ethnic, and Geographic Disparities in the United States, a total of 31,449 people (19,048 women and 12,401 men) ages 35 and older died from stroke during 1991-1998 in Georgia. In 2001, the stroke mortality rate in Georgia was 67.3 per 100,000, compared with 57.4 per 100,000 for the US.

National Stroke Association (NSA) returns to the Southeast this year to continue this education campaign and encourage patients to ask their doctors "How do I lower my stroke risk?" We've added a new Stroke Risk Score Card to our menu of patient education materials. Designed to provide a quick and easy assessment of stroke risk factors for physicians and their patients, the Stroke Risk Score Card can be ordered free of charge from NSA. NSA encourages doctors and patients to discuss stroke more often.

"The effects of stroke can be absolutely devastating, "says Dr. Richard Gitomer, Emory healthcare internist and Georgia's "Ask Your Doctor" champion. "What many people don't realize is that strokes are highly preventable. That is why the NSA's "Ask Your Doctor Program" is so important. Through this program, we are educating the public as well as providing resources like the new Stroke Risk Scorecard to healthcare providers, so they can educate their patients on what each individual can do to prevent strokes."

NSA recently conducted a doctor/patient poll to find out where people seek the latest information on stroke. Here are a few results:

* Eighty-seven percent of people say they see their primary care doctors regularly, but only 30 percent say stroke is discussed.

* One in five adults claim they have no idea how to reduce their risk of stroke.

* One in five health care providers do not treat stroke as an emergency.

National Stroke Association, in conjunction with Emory Healthcare, will host a media availability to announce the "Stroke Risk Scorecard" campaign in Georgia.

When: Friday, May 21 10:30-11:30am

Where: Emory Crawford Long Hospital, Glenn Building classroom 2, 550 Peachtree Street, Atlanta

Who: Dr. Richard Gitomer, Emory Healthcare general internist and AYD Chairperson, Dr. Michael Frankel, Emory neurologist, and a stroke survivor



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