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Patient and Community Education

Highland Hospital actively participates in stroke education programs by doing the following.
  • Offering community lectures through the American Stroke Association (ASA)
  • Providing education to Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel at conferences and dinners
  • Speaking at the Alesi Health Fair


According to the latest statistics from the American Stroke Association:

  • Each year about 700,000 people have a new or recurrent stroke
  • Stroke killed approximately 158,000 people in 2005
  • Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.
  • Millions of brain cells die each minute stroke is untreated

Symptoms of a stroke include the following:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause


According to the American Stroke Association's Guidelines for the Early Management of Adults with Ischemic Stroke - 2007 communities with stroke education programs have significantly higher use of life-saving (blood clot dissolving) medication, when compared to communities where such programs are not available. The higher use of blood-clot dissolving medication implies that stroke survivors are getting medical attention in a more timely manner, which can affect the outcome.