St.Vincent Kokomo Physical and Sports Therapy partnered with the American
Heart Association to develop this monthly stroke support group for
stroke survivors and their families.
Group goals include:
- Fostering a better understanding of stroke recovery, rehabilitation and prevention of recurrent strokes
- Providing a way for stroke survivors to meet others with similar challenges and support each other in positive ways
- Offering caregivers and family members a structured approach for sharing and for supporting each other
Two certified speech-language pathologists facilitate the support
group, which breaks up into two meeting groups, one for stroke survivors
and one for caregivers.
Third Thursday of every month, 3–4:30 p.m.
St.Vincent Kokomo Physical and Sports Therapy – Forest Park
2130 West Sycamore Street
For more information or to register, please call (765) 236-8500.
Every 45 seconds, someone in America has a stroke.
Every 3.1 minutes, someone dies of one.
What is a Stroke?
A stroke is a brain attack. It occurs when an artery in the brain is
blocked or ruptured and blood-carrying oxygen to the brain cells is cut
off. A brain attack affects all activity from walking to speaking and
breathing. Strokes, like heart attacks, require immediate emergency
care. It is essential that individuals who experience stroke symptoms go
to the emergency room or dial 911. Many individuals who experience
symptoms wait too long before seeking medical attention. The faster
medical attention is sought, the greater the patient’s chances of
Signs and Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of a stroke include:
- Sudden weakness, numbness or paralysis of the arm, leg, face or side of the body.
- Sudden difficulty seeing in one or both eyes, or double vision.
- Sudden fall, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
- Sudden intense or unexplained headache.
- Trouble talking or understanding speech or loss of memory.
These are warning signs only. But if they occur, call your doctor or call 911 immediately.
Facts About Strokes
- While the physician cannot stop the stroke once it has begun, he or
she can minimize the damage by restoring blood flow to the brain. The
patient must be seen and rapidly evaluated within three to six hours
from the onset of the first symptom. The faster he or she can be seen,
- Almost 500,000 new strokes occur every year and in the United States, a stroke occurs every minute.
- Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States,
right behind heart disease and cancer, and affects about one in five
- Stroke is the number-one cause of disability in adults and is the
leading reason patients are discharged from hospitals to nursing homes.
The risk of stroke doubles every decade after age 55.
- Appximately 75 percent of the 1.2 million Americans suffering brain
attacks each year are over age 65. Males, diabetics, previous stroke
victims and African-Americans are at greater risk for stroke.
- Researchers have found strokes are more common during extreme temperature changes.
Access to Emergency Stroke Center
is a member of the St.Vincent Health system, which includes health
ministries throughout Indiana. Through this affiliation, St.Vincent Kokomo
patients have access to The Emergency Stroke Center at St.Vincent
Indianapolis, which is a dedicated response team of health care
professionals including ER physicians, neurologists, neuroradiologists,
nurses and the EMS/EMT response team.