Mercyhealth Marks National Stroke Awareness Month at Opening Day of Rockford City Market

This is Mercyhealth’s eighth year as Presenting Sponsor of the popular community event

ROCKFORD, Illinois- Each year, nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke, the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and a leading cause of disability. About 87 percent of strokes are caused by a blood clot that blocks the flow of blood to the brain and deprives the brain of oxygen and nutrients it needs to function. For every minute blood flow is blocked, as many as 1.9 million brain cells die.

 The Mercyhealth Advanced Primary Stroke Center team will be at the opening day of the Rockford City Market, Friday, May 17, 3:30-8:30 pm. As a Presenting Sponsor, Mercyhealth has a booth every Friday during Rockford City Market. Doctors, nurses and staff will be available to talk to downtown visitors about the care and services they can find within the Mercyhealth network of seven hospitals and 85 primary and specialty care locations throughout 55 northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin communities.

Guests at Mercyhealth’s booth will learn from the stroke team how to reduce their risks for stroke while learning about advancements in stroke treatments and therapies.

“Knowing where to go when someone has a stroke and how quickly you get there could mean the difference between life and death, functional independence or long-term disability,” said Vibhav Bansal, MD, JD, Neurointervention Medical Director.

The National Stroke Association has developed the acronymn FAST, as a way for people to remember and identify the most common symptoms 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.

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