Lecture Series Explores Stroke Prevention and Rehabilitation Techniques

November 07, 2006

"With the help of rehabilitation specialists, patients can greatly improve their ability to recover function and improve their quality of life after a stroke."

A free four-part lecture series will offer insight into America’s third leading cause of death – stroke. K. Rao Poduri, M.D., chair and medical director of Rehabilitation at Strong Health, will discuss risk factors, signs and symptoms of stroke, as well as rehabilitation techniques to help stroke victims gain as much function as possible after a stroke.

Each year, about 700,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke. That means, on average, a stroke occurs every 45 seconds. Stroke kills nearly 163,000 people a year, making it the third leading cause of death behind diseases of the heart and cancer.

This four-part lecture series will briefly review the risk factors for stroke and ways lifestyle modification can help to prevent recurrent strokes. It also will explore in detail what happens to individuals after a stroke and what can be done medically and through rehabilitation. The course will describe various types of rehabilitation and detail the rehabilitation team's role. Attendees also will be given information on support groups, care giver issues, and community integration. 

“With the help of rehabilitation specialists, patients can greatly improve their ability to recover function and improve their quality of life after a stroke,” Poduri noted. 

Specific dates and topics are listed below:

  • Nov. 15:  Definition of stroke, risk factors, prevention of strokes and risk factor modification.
  • Nov. 22:  Rehabilitation after stroke, types of rehab and rehab team's role in recovery
  • Nov. 29:  New techniques in stroke rehabilitation
  • Dec.  5:  Care giver issues, support groups and community integration.

All sessions will be held 4 – 5:30 p.m. at Strong Memorial Hospital in the Whipple Auditorium, Room 2-6424.  Free parking is available in the lot outside of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, off Elmwood, near the intersection of Kendrick.  Look for wayfinding signs to lead you to Whipple Auditorium.

The series is part of the Always Better workshops, collaboration between the University of Rochester Medical Center and the University of Rochester Office of Special Programs. To register, please call (585) 275-2344.

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