Allina Hospitals Hold Stroke Screening and Education Programs

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Allina Hospitals & Clinics

    MINNEAPOLIS, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Mike Miles
 captures life's special moments on film.  Over the years he has taken
 thousands of photos of weddings in the Twin Cities.  But in all his years as a
 professional photographer, the 62-year-old Fridley resident never pictured
 himself having a stroke.
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000407/ALLINAHCLOGO )
     "It happened very quickly," Miles recalls of that July afternoon in 1997.
 "I was going from the studio to answer my phone, and when I picked it up I
 began mumbling.  The caller realized that something was wrong, quickly hung-up
 and dialed 911."
     That phone call probably saved Miles' life, according to doctors.  The
 loss of speech tipped off paramedics to his condition.  He had suffered a
 stroke, which involves a loss of blood to a particular part of the brain
 causing that part of the brain to die.
     Miles was lucky.  His stroke could have paralyzed him.  Instead, he was
 left almost totally unable to speak.  He spent most of his rehabilitation time
 with speech therapists at Unity Hospital in Fridley.  Thanks to early
 detection and quick response by medical personnel, Miles has made a near full
 recovery.
     Not all stroke victims have the same success story as Miles.  Stroke is
 the third leading cause of death in the United States and the number one cause
 of adult disability.  It can result in loss of motor or speech skills, as it
 did in Miles' case, or even death.  About 70 percent of strokes affect people
 older than 65, but anyone at any age can have a stroke.
     The risk factors of a stroke include:  high blood pressure, smoking,
 obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and a diet high in saturated fat and
 cholesterol.  Excessive alcohol consumption also increases risk of stroke.
 The more risk factors, the greater chance of having a stroke.
     The American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart
 Association, lists five warning signs of stroke:
     -- Sudden weakness, numbness or paralysis, especially on one side of the
         body.
     -- Sudden blurred or decreased vision.
     -- Sudden problems speaking or understanding.
     -- Sudden dizziness or loss of balance.
     -- Sudden severe or unexplained headache.
 
     If any of these symptoms occur, seek medical attention immediately.
     Learn more about how to identify risk factors to prevent a stroke during
 an upcoming screening and education program sponsored by Allina Health System.
 Appointments can be made by calling Medformation at 651-697-3333.  Screenings
 will be held at the following locations:
     -- Phillips Eye Institute, Minneapolis, April 28, 7 - 9:30 a.m.
     -- Unity Hospital, Fridley, May 5, 7 - 11 a.m.
     -- United Hospital, St. Paul, May 5, 7 - 11 a.m.
 
     Minneapolis-based Allina Health System is a non-profit, integrated health
 care organization serving communities throughout Minnesota, western Wisconsin
 and eastern North and South Dakota.  Allina Health System owns and operates
 two divisions:  Allina Hospitals & Clinics and Medica, its health plan
 division.  Allina Hospitals & Clinics can be found online at
 http://www.allina.com and the latest health information is at
 http://www.medformation.com
 
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    MINNEAPOLIS, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Mike Miles
 captures life's special moments on film.  Over the years he has taken
 thousands of photos of weddings in the Twin Cities.  But in all his years as a
 professional photographer, the 62-year-old Fridley resident never pictured
 himself having a stroke.
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000407/ALLINAHCLOGO )
     "It happened very quickly," Miles recalls of that July afternoon in 1997.
 "I was going from the studio to answer my phone, and when I picked it up I
 began mumbling.  The caller realized that something was wrong, quickly hung-up
 and dialed 911."
     That phone call probably saved Miles' life, according to doctors.  The
 loss of speech tipped off paramedics to his condition.  He had suffered a
 stroke, which involves a loss of blood to a particular part of the brain
 causing that part of the brain to die.
     Miles was lucky.  His stroke could have paralyzed him.  Instead, he was
 left almost totally unable to speak.  He spent most of his rehabilitation time
 with speech therapists at Unity Hospital in Fridley.  Thanks to early
 detection and quick response by medical personnel, Miles has made a near full
 recovery.
     Not all stroke victims have the same success story as Miles.  Stroke is
 the third leading cause of death in the United States and the number one cause
 of adult disability.  It can result in loss of motor or speech skills, as it
 did in Miles' case, or even death.  About 70 percent of strokes affect people
 older than 65, but anyone at any age can have a stroke.
     The risk factors of a stroke include:  high blood pressure, smoking,
 obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and a diet high in saturated fat and
 cholesterol.  Excessive alcohol consumption also increases risk of stroke.
 The more risk factors, the greater chance of having a stroke.
     The American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart
 Association, lists five warning signs of stroke:
     -- Sudden weakness, numbness or paralysis, especially on one side of the
         body.
     -- Sudden blurred or decreased vision.
     -- Sudden problems speaking or understanding.
     -- Sudden dizziness or loss of balance.
     -- Sudden severe or unexplained headache.
 
     If any of these symptoms occur, seek medical attention immediately.
     Learn more about how to identify risk factors to prevent a stroke during
 an upcoming screening and education program sponsored by Allina Health System.
 Appointments can be made by calling Medformation at 651-697-3333.  Screenings
 will be held at the following locations:
     -- Phillips Eye Institute, Minneapolis, April 28, 7 - 9:30 a.m.
     -- Unity Hospital, Fridley, May 5, 7 - 11 a.m.
     -- United Hospital, St. Paul, May 5, 7 - 11 a.m.
 
     Minneapolis-based Allina Health System is a non-profit, integrated health
 care organization serving communities throughout Minnesota, western Wisconsin
 and eastern North and South Dakota.  Allina Health System owns and operates
 two divisions:  Allina Hospitals & Clinics and Medica, its health plan
 division.  Allina Hospitals & Clinics can be found online at
 http://www.allina.com and the latest health information is at
 http://www.medformation.com
 
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