“Brain Attack: Life After a Stroke”

“It can happen to anyone at any time at any age. Children can have strokes, elderly can have strokes — everyone can have them,” said Dr. Karen Gade-Pulido during the free lecture Luncheon “Brain Attack: Life After a Stroke,” held at Alliance Community Hospital on February 8, 2012.

She mentioned almost 800,000 Americans suffer from a stroke each year, an average of one stroke every 40 seconds. The impairments caused by a stroke can vary, depending on which part of the brain has been affected and what functions they are connected to.

Some examples include:

            • Balance
            • Speech and language
            • Hearing and vision
            • Memories and personality

Dr. Gade-Pulido’s main take away, when it comes to strokes, time is of the essence.

February Blood Drive

Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. And in Northern Ohio, over 900 healthy volunteer blood donations are needed each day to meet those patients’ needs.

Not sure what to expect the day of the donation? Read our Blood Donation Fact Sheet!

Join us for our February Blood Drive:

When: February 7, 2013

Time: 12:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Where: ACH Conference Room 1-A (inside the hospital café)

To schedule an appointment: Please call the ACH Volunteer Department at (330) 596-7822 or (330) 596-7821

*Donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 years of age with parental consent), weigh no less than 110 pounds, and present a valid ID at the time of the donation.

Women’s Heart Health: Know the Warning Signs

February is Heart Health Month. Contrary to popular belief, heart disease is not just a man’s disease…One in 4 women in the United States will die of heart disease, while 1 in 30 will die from breast cancer.

The symptoms of heart disease are different for women than they are for men, and many women don’t know what to watch for. The most common warning signs for women are listed below:

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes. It may feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.The discomfort can be mild or severe, and it may come and go.
  • Shortness of breath, especially if it occurs during activities that don’t typically bother you
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body,including one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  • Other signs include nausea, light-headedness, or breaking out in a cold sweat.