New Presidential $1 Coin Helps Highlight National Stroke Awareness Month This May

Presidential Coin Commemorates John Quincy Adams who died from stroke

May 13, 2008, 01:00 ET from National Stroke Association

    DENVER, May 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Stroke Association
 is joining with the United States Mint in celebrating the release of the
 new President John Quincy Adams $1 coin. Our nation's sixth president
 suffered a stroke on the floor of the House of Representatives in 1848. He
 died two days later.
     "We are so pleased to join with the U.S. Mint during the release of
 this coin because it once again helps us to bring the issue of stroke to
 the forefront of the nation and empower stroke survivors, caregivers and
 the general public to prevent stroke and take emergency action when stroke
 occurs," said Jim Baranski, Executive Director and CEO of National Stroke
     John Quincy Adams served as president from 1824 until 1828. He then was
 elected to another term in Congress where he suffered a stroke. According
 to the U.S. Mint, this 6th coin in the Presidential series may be used for
 everyday commerce but is also intended to be an educational tool.
     "So much has changed in the world of stroke, especially in the past
 three years. We now have an easy FAST way to recognize stroke symptoms and
 stroke center hospitals that specialize in the latest stroke care. It is so
 important for the public to learn the FAST stroke recognition method and to
 know where their closest stroke center hospital is located," added
     It is very easy to learn the FAST method for recognizing stroke
     F = FACE -- Ask the person to smile, does one side of the face droop?
     A= ARM -- Ask the person to hold both arms outstretched, does one arm
 drift downward?
     S= SPEECH -- Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, does the
 speech sound slurred?
     T= TIME -- If anyone experiences any of these symptoms, time to call
 9-1-1 and ask to be taken to the nearest stroke center hospital
     Stroke Center Hospital locations can be found on the National Stroke
 Association website at Click on Emergency Stroke Center
     National Stroke Association representatives are available around the
 country for live or taped interviews.
     To download an image of the John Quincy Adams Presidential $1 Coin, go
     National Stroke Association is the only national non-profit which
 devotes 100% of its resources to prevention, treatment and rehabilitation
 issues surrounding stroke. For more information please call 1-800-STROKES
 or log onto our website at

SOURCE National Stroke Association