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Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 12 Noon
A stroke, or “brain attack,” occurs when a blood vessel in the brain becomes blocked or bursts. The brain cannot store oxygen, so it relies on a network of blood vessels to provide it with blood that is rich in oxygen. A stroke results in a lack of blood supply, causing surrounding nerve cells to be cut off from their supply of nutrients and oxygen. When tissue is cut off from its supply of oxygen for more than three to four minutes, it begins to die.
In the United States a person experiences a stroke occurs every 40 seconds. Every 4 minutes someone dies of a stroke. Stroke is a leading cause of disability and is extremely costly with hospitalization, medication and loss of productivity. It is important to understand the cause and risk factors associated with stroke, stroke symptoms and what actions you should take if you suspect a stroke. What happens next and what treatment options are available? Take advantage of this opportunity to chat live with stroke specialist Dr. Abeer Farrag about stroke risk and treatment options available.
Friday, May 31, 2013 - 12 Noon
Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm abnormality. While it is often a mere annoyance, it is a common cause of stroke and can also be responsible for life-threatening medical emergencies that result in cardiac arrest and sudden death. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to chat live about atrial fibrillation with doctors from the Cleveland Clinic.