Monday, May 2, 2016

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – You’re visiting a loved one, and as they tell you about their recent trip to Florida, you notice something looks a little off about them. The left side of their face droops slightly and as they continue talking, their speech becomes slurred. Your loved one is experiencing a Cerebral Vascular Accident – a stroke – and you need to act quickly.

Summit Health from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26, will host a free seminar to educated community members about stroke at Wilson College’s Brooks Complex Auditorium, 1015 Philadelphia Ave.

Dr. Sanjay Dhar, medical director of Summit Health’s stroke program, and Dr. John Mingle, WellSpan neurologist, will discuss stroke risk factors, diagnosis and treatment.

Chambersburg Hospital and Waynesboro Hospital are Certified Primary Stroke Centers and partner with WellSpan Health to provide telestroke services to patients when a local neurologist is not available. Telestroke services connect patients quickly with a specialist via high-speed, high-resolution video conference.

Dr. Dhar explained that it’s important to adopt a healthy lifestyle and take other preventive measures, but it’s also important to know the signs of stroke and understand the significance of acting quickly if symptoms present.

“Once stroke symptoms start, quick diagnosis and treatment can significantly reduce the risk of long-term complications,” he said.

Stroke survivor Dr. Stephen Flack of Summit Primary Care will also speak at the event.

While the seminar is free, registration is required by May 18. To register, call (717) 262-4472 or click here.

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