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Published on April 30, 2004

Press Release

Washington Adventist Hospital Holds Stroke Awareness Seminar

Takoma Park, MD - Washington Adventist Hospital will hold a stroke awareness seminar on Wednesday, May 12 as part of its ongoing "Ask the Doctor" series.

The seminar will take place at 7:15 p.m. in the hospital's Conference Center building, third floor.

Dr. Rakesh Jaetly, board-certified neurologist, will discuss the different types of strokes. He will explain the symptoms that are suggestive of stroke and he will discuss the steps an individual can take to prevent stroke.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. It occurs when a blood vessel bursts or is clogged and blood is suddenly cut off to part of the brain.

"Many strokes can be prevented if risk factors are identified-and if an individual does suffer a stroke, prompt treatment with appropriate medications can make a world of difference in the patient's prognosis," said Judy Lichty, Director of Prevention and Wellness for Washington Adventist Hospital.

Washington Adventist Hospital's Stroke Center offers comprehensive intervention and treatment for stroke. The Stroke Center's emergency response team performs complex brain scans, assesses damage quickly and administers revolutionary new medications that can save brain tissue. The hospital offers a full continuum of care to stroke patients with its Neurological Intensive Care Unit, Neurosurgical and Stroke Unit, inpatient rehabilitation services from Kessler-Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital (located inside Washington Adventist Hospital), and outpatient follow-up.

Located in Takoma Park, Washington Adventist Hospital is a 315-bed, state-of-the-art acute care facility. The hospital employs nearly 2,000 people and has a medical staff of 750 physicians. Washington Adventist Hospital is part of Adventist HealthCare, a non-profit network of health care providers that includes hospitals, home health agencies, nursing centers and other health care services.

For more information on the stroke awareness seminar, call (800) 542-5096.

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