Published on April 22, 2019

Essentia Health-Graceville hosts stroke and heart attack education session

Essentia Health-Graceville will offer an education session focusing on strokes and heart attacks. This event will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, at Grace Village, 114 W Second Street in Graceville.

Essentia Health Stroke Program Educator Kirsten Reile will discuss the signs and symptoms of stroke, risk factors and preventative measures. “Knowledge is power – if we want to see stroke numbers go down, we need to education as many people as we can” says Reile, who is also a registered nurse.

A stroke is a brain attack and it can happen to anyone at any time. It occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off and brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. More than 140,000 Americans die each year from stroke.

STEMI Program Specialist Jayme Meier will speak on early heart attack care, signs and symptoms of a heart attack and lifestyle habits to reduce your risk. Meier will also provide basic training on hands-only CPR. “Everyone needs to know that time is muscle and you cannot wait to seek treatment for a heart attack,” says Meier, a registered nurse.

A heart attack happens when blood flow to a part of the heart is blocked. The heart muscle supplied by that blocked artery begins to die. More than 640,000 Americans die each year from heart attacks.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.

You can learn more about the stroke and cardiovascular programs at Essentia Health by visiting our website, essentiahealth.org and click on “Find a Service/Specialty.”

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