AHA, St.Vincent Partnership Targets Stroke

Jen Dial

Stroke Logo INDIANAPOLIS – More than 3,000 Hoosiers die every year from stroke, making it the fourth leading cause of death in Indiana. Thousands of more stroke victims suffer life-changing disabilities.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and St.Vincent are launching a new “Together To End Stroke” partnership to help reduce the burden of stroke in Central Indiana.

“Stroke can be devastating, but it is preventable, treatable and beatable,” said Dr. Jeffrey Hilburn, a JWM neurologist with St.Vincent Neuroscience Institute and a member of the American Heart Association’s board of directors. “Our goal with this program is to raise awareness among the public to immediately recognize symptoms of stroke as well as to take preventative steps to reduce their risk of stroke.”

The partnership kicks off Sept. 4 with a Stroke Casting Call from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Emmis Building on Monument Circle. Stroke survivors, family members and caregivers are invited to share their stories, which will be used locally as part of the education effort.

Additional events include a traveling F.A.S.T display; the Most Powerful Voices Concert on Oct. 25; stroke information at the annual Go Red For Women Luncheon on Feb. 25; and messaging during May which is American Stroke Month.

The F.A.S.T. moniker is used to remind people of the signs of a stroke.

F = Face drooping. One side of the face tends to droop.
A = Arm weakness. A person suffering a stroke loses feeling or strength in one arm.
S = Speech difficulty. A person has slurred speech, is unable to speak or is difficult to understand.
T = Time. Time to call 9-1-1. Stroke is treatable within a certain time window, but immediate help is necessary.

“Stroke, like heart disease, affects men and women of all ages and ethnic backgrounds,” Dr. Hilburn said. “Many strokes can be prevented by adopting healthy lifestyle changes to diet and exercise and controlling risk factors such as high blood pressure, smoking and diabetes.”


About the American Stroke Association
The American Stroke Association is dedicated to prevention, diagnosis and treatment to save lives from stroke — America’s No. 4 killer and a leading cause of serious disability. We fund scientific research, help people better understand and avoid stroke, encourage government support, guide healthcare professionals and provide information to enhance the quality of life for stroke survivors. We were created in 1997 as a division of the American Heart Association. To learn more, call 1-888-4STROKE or visit strokeassociation.org.

St.Vincent Hospitals and Health Services
Driven by the faith of four Daughters of Charity who arrived in Indianapolis in 1881 with $34.77 in their pockets, the St.Vincent Hospital mission is to treat the poor and sick by following our Core Values of Service of the Poor, Reverence, Integrity, Wisdom, Creativity and Dedication.  Our healthcare ministry has grown to include seven Centers of Excellence: Women's, Children's, Orthopedics, Cardiovascular, Neuroscience, Cancer Care and Bariatrics.  The ageless mission of St.Vincent remains unchanged: to minister to the minds, bodies and spirits of those in need.