Free lunch and learn presentation in honor of National Stroke Awareness Month

Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital and Sparrow Hospital are hosting a free lunch and learn presentation, Stroke: Time is Brain, to help promote National Stroke Awareness Month.

The presentation by Dr. Syed Hussain, medical director of Sparrow's Stroke Program, is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 15, and includes lunch. It will take place at AL!VE: Your Community Well-Being Place at 800 W. Lawrence Ave., in Charlotte, Mich.

Strokes are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of adult disability. A stroke occurs when blood flow to a particular area of the brain is interrupted. About two-thirds of stroke survivors face the loss of such abilities as speech, movement and memory. The National Stroke Association promotes the Act FAST model to emphasize the warning signs of a stroke: Facial weakness, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty and Time is critical. The faster treatment is received, the better the outcome for the patient. If a stroke is suspected, call 911 immediately.

All mid-Michigan community members are invited to attend the free presentation – registration is required. Call 517-541-5805 to sign up today.

Visit the hospital websites to learn more about Sparrow (www.sparrow.org) or HGB (www.hgbhealth.com), or about upcoming events. Visit www.myalive.com for information and directions to AL!VE.