Harlingen – Sudden confusion. Trouble comprehending the most minor of activities. Sudden
trouble seeing; trouble walking; loss of balance or coordination; dizziness;
sudden severe headache with no known cause. It can happen to you at any
time, at any age, and are all symptoms related to a stroke. And, according
to medical experts, time is of the essence when these symptoms occur to
ensure your body is able to recuperate and return to normal after receiving
medical treatment. Ginger Cunningham, RN, Trauma and Stroke Programs Coordinator
at Harlingen Medical Center (HMC), will tell you what action you need
to take, when minutes matter, when she presents the HMC Doc Talk Lecture
on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Medical Office Building
(MOB) Conference Room, located at 5505 S. Expressway 77 in Harlingen.
"Stroke is a leading cause of disability in the United States,"
said Cunningham. "The number of people who have a stroke is rising
each year. And, strokes are increasing in younger age groups, so, everyone
needs to be informed on what this is and how they need to react if they
experience any of the symptoms."
According to the American Heart Association, stroke is a disease that affects
the arteries leading to and within the brain. A stroke occurs when a blood
vessel is either blocked (clot) or ruptured. When that happens, part of
the brain cannot get blood (and oxygen) it needs, so brain cells die.
There are various common risk factors that can indicate if a person is
susceptible to a stroke. Some of these factors include: high blood pressure,
diabetes, being overweight or obese, and high (bad) cholesterol levels.
These are also conditions that may cause someone to develop heart disease.
"There are so many people living with these risk factors today and
they do not even know it," said Cunningham. "It's important
for people to take care of themselves and become engaged with their health
Engage people with education is what Cunningham is hoping to do when she
leads the Doc Talk Lecture at Harlingen Medical Center. Her lecture will
not only instruct people on what to do should they, or someone they know
suffer a stroke, but she will also cover: 1) the different types of strokes,
2) what Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) is, also known as mini-stroke,
3) risk factors for stroke – those we can control and those we cannot
(family history), 4) Atrial Fibrillation and stroke, 5) high blood pressure
and stroke, 6) treatment for stroke (available services).
If you would like to attend the Harlingen Medical Center Doc Talk Lecture,
"Stroke Symptoms and Awareness," on Wednesday, May 27, 2015
at 6:00 p.m., please contact the Marketing Department at (956) 365-1848 to RSVP.
Cunningham is the Trauma and Stroke Programs Coordinator at Harlingen Medical
Center and is a partner to its Community Relations Program and is available
to lecture on different medical topics at your place of business or civic
group forums. Cunningham may be contacted at (956) 365-1181.