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Contact: John P. Broder
Vice President-External Affairs


Mineola, NY – According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in America and the number one cause of adult disability. However, up to 80% of strokes can be prevented.

In recognition of National Stroke Awareness month in May, Winthrop-University Hospital’s Institute for Neurosciences will host a Stroke Awareness Fair and Free Stroke Risk Assessment for the community on Tuesday, May 5, 2009. Held at Winthrop’s Community Outreach Center, 101 Mineola Boulevard in Mineola, the program begins with individual stroke risk assessments and the Stroke Awareness Fair at 6:30 PM, followed by a lecture at 7:30.

The assessment will consist of a blood pressure and carotid bruit check, and risk factor review. Attendees will also have the opportunity to sign up for a free vascular screening at a future date.

Jonathan L. Brisman, MD, Director of the Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery at Winthrop, will discuss stroke prevention and exciting new surgical interventions that can help reduce your risk of disability after suffering a stroke. A question and answer period will follow the lecture.

The Stroke Awareness Fair will feature representatives from Winthrop and other community resources, who will answer questions and provide information about important stroke-related prevention and recovery issues. Participants may learn about cardiology care, neuroscience services, and home care, as they relate to stroke prevention and after-care, as well as the Hospital’s Smoking Cessation Program.

The Stroke Assessment Fair is free, but reservations are required. To make a reservation, please call (516) 663-8305. Parking and the entrance are available in the rear of the building. A light meal will be provided.

Winthrop-University Hospital is a New York State-designated Stroke Center, which has been recognized by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for excellence in stroke care.

The Stroke Awareness Fair is coordinated by the Institute for Neurosciences. For information on other programs at the Hospital, please call 1-866-WINTHROP.

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