The Brain & Spine Center at Kingwood Medical Center hosted its 2nd Annual Ladies Night Out, Love Your Brain and Ladies Lunch and Learn, Love Your Brain on May 20th during National Stroke Awareness Month to raise awareness of stroke risk factor management and further engage the community on how to recognize and respond to stroke warning signs by acting FAST. On display at Kingwood Medical Center throughout the day was the AmeriBrain Interactive Exhibit, the worlds most realistic walk through inflatable brain. The large brain which measures 14 feet by 16 feet includes anatomical representations of the major brain structures, location of areas of the brain responsible for movement, hearing, touch, personality, balance, etc., and representations of a brain aneurysm. During the afternoon, at the Ladies Lunch and Learn, Love Your Brain, community women had an opportunity to tour the brain exhibit and then ask questions from Neurologists Christopher Loar, M.D., and Uzma Ali, M.D., along with Kingwood Medical Centers Pharmacists Mallory Gessner and Allison Lau, Neuro Nurse Practitioner Ilse Prado and Stroke Coordinator Dianne Price, RN. In the evening, The Brain & Spine Center at Kingwood Medical Center hosted Ladies Night Out, Love Your Brain, with over eighty-five community women in attendance. Throughout the evening, the ladies toured the interactive brain exhibit, enjoyed a lovely dinner, and participated in a question and answer session with a panel from Kingwood Medical Centers Neuroscience team including Neurosurgeon Imran Fayaz, M.D., Neuro-Radiologist Robert Case, M.D., Emergency Physician Randall Sharer, M.D., Neurologist Wendell Grogan, M.D., Neuro-nurse Practitioner Ilse Prado and Stroke Coordinator Dianne Price, RN. Hosting these events is one of many ways The Brain & Spine Center at Kingwood Medical Center increases awareness about the risk factors and symptoms of stroke and cares for the community. Kingwood Medical Centers Neuroscience Program is accredited by Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center in northeast Houston and is a recipient of the American Stroke Association's Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. The hospitals stroke program includes Neuro-interventional care, Neurosurgery, Neuro-critical care, inpatient Neuro-rehabilitation, as well as STARS Support Group for aneurysm/stroke survivors and their loved ones. STARS: STeps Against Recurrent Strokes, stroke support group for aneurysm/stroke survivors and their loved ones, are held on the second Monday of every odd month at 6:00 p.m. in Kingwood Medical Centers Community Room. For more information or to register for this free event, call 281-348-8975.Refreshments are served. Kingwood Medical Center is concerned about our brain health because stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. About 795,000 people in the U.S. will have a stroke this year. Yet most people cannot identify stroke warning signs or risk factors and most of those strokes are preventable--some studies indicate that up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented. Did You Know? Stroke is a leading cause of adult long-term disability. Stroke is an emergency! Its important to learn stroke warning signs and how to respond to them. If the FDA-approved clot-buster medication is administered to patients within the first three hours of the first symptom, long-term disability may be reduced when treating the most common type of stroke. Use FAST to remember the warning signs of stroke: Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop? Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange? Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately. For more information on the Stroke Program at Kingwood Medical Center, visit Photo 1: Emergency Physician Randal Sharer, M.D., Melinda Stephenson, CEO of Kingwood Medical Center, Neuro Nurse Practitioner Sandy Wood, Neuro-Radiologist Robert Case, M.D., Neurologist Wendell Grogan, M.D., and Neuro Nurse Practitioner Ilse Prado, standing in front of the brain exhibit at Kingwood Medical Center. Photo 2: The Ladies Lunch & Learn panelist included Stroke Coordinator Dianne Price, Neurologist Dr. Christopher Loar, Neurologist Dr. Uzma Ali, Neuro Nurse Practitioner Ilse Prado, Pharmacist Allison Lau and Mallory Gessner, and Neuro Nurse Practitioner Sandy Wood. Photo 3: A crowd eagerly attended the seminar at the hospital and enjoyed learning all about the stroke program.

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