Strike Out Stroke at CSU-Pueblos Pack the Park

(Pueblo, CO) - In addition to attempting to set a Division II record at Fridays Pack the Park baseball game featuring CSU-Pueblo and New Mexico Highlands, this years event will also feature Strike Out Stroke. The baseball game begins at 7:05 p.m. at Runyon Field, but the Strike Out Stroke screenings and information booths will be open at 5 p.m.

Strike Out Stroke, a program presented by St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center to increase public awareness of the signs and symptoms of stroke and the importance of calling 911. With the Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval as a Primary Stroke Center since 2006, St. Mary-Corwin is the only hospital in Pueblo to be awarded both the Gold Plus Award and the Target Stroke Award from the American Heart/Stroke Association.

Seconds count when having a stroke. Stroke is the leading cause of disability and the fourth leading cause of death. Emergency medications are available if patients get to the hospital in time, but 80% of the patients do not get to the hospital in time to receive this medication.

Stroke survivors attending Fridays game will be recognized during the 7th inning stretch. In addition, St. Mary-Corwin will be providing blood pressure checks, stroke risk assessments, and information on stroke signs and symptoms. Stroke is highly preventable. Everyone who takes a tour of the free MEGABrain exhibit to learn more will be entered into a drawing for one of four $25 Loaf N Jug gas cards.

Please visit the booths right outside the gate to be screened for stroke risk factors including blood sugars and blood pressures.

Stroke Urgency/Facts:
Getting to the hospital in time and getting the right medication fast reduces disability by 30%. Time is brain! During a stroke, 2 million brain cells are dying per minute
Stroke is the leading cause of disability and the fourth leading cause of death.
About 795,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke. That means, on average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds.On average, every 4 minutes someone dies of stroke.
This year, more than 100,000 U.S. women under 65 will have a stroke.
Stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer every year.

Stroke Signs and Symptoms
Face Does one side of the face droop?
Arms - Does one arm drift downward when raised? Is one arm weak or numb?
Speech - Is speech slurred. Is the sentence repeated correctly?
Time If the person shows any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.

For more information on Strike Out Stroke, call (719) 557-5961