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ST. MARYS - With May marking National Stroke Awareness Month, a recent seminar was held at the Education Center at Elk Regional Health Center in an attempt to raise awareness surrounding the risk factors, contributing factors, and symptoms associated with strokes.
Guest speaker Julia Wonderling M.D., an Emergency Department doctor with Elk Regional for five years, identified strokes as the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and one of the most common causes of nursing home placement; following a stroke, many people can no longer perform Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) in caring for themselves.
Wonderling said an estimated 700,000 individuals annually will experience their first stroke, with 20 percent of those being fatal within the first year. Thirty-one percent of people who have a stroke will no longer be able to perform perform ADLs, and 71 percent will not be unable to remain in the workforce.