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Baptist Health Paducah to host stroke awareness luncheon May 8

Baptist Health Paducah will host a free stroke awareness lunch seminar Tuesday, May 8, in the Baptist Heart Center auditorium.

Neurologist Joseph Ashburn, M.D., will speak on stroke prevention and care. In addition, stroke survivor Lorane Smith, 35, will speak about her recovery. Space is limited, so reservations are required by phoning (270) 575-2851.

Baptist Health Paducah has the only certified stroke program in Kentucky west of Owensboro. Baptist Health Paducah is certified by The Joint Commission as a primary stroke center and recently received the Bronze Quality Achievement Award for stroke treatment from the American Heart and American Stroke associations. Of more than 4,000 U.S. hospitals accredited by The Joint Commission, just 600 have earned the added distinction for stroke care.

Stroke is the nation’s third leading killer and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every 3.1 minutes. In the Commonwealth, it is a major problem – only 11 other states have a higher death rate from stroke than Kentucky, according to the American Heart Association.

Anyone with questions about the symptoms of stroke may speak to a Baptist Health Paducah nurse on the hospital’s 24-hour Chest Pain and Stroke Hotline at 1-800-575-1911.