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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 2, 2005

Community Program To Focus On Stroke

Area residents are invited to hear University of Iowa Health Care experts discuss stroke at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, located at 1220 First Ave. in Coralville.

Harold P. Adams, M.D., professor of neurology and director of the division of cerebrovascular disorders, and Thomas E. Fagan, M.D., associate professor (clinical) of pediatrics, will present, "Preventing, Surviving and Treating Stroke."

Each year, about 700,000 Americans experience a stroke or "brain attack." About 160,000 of these people die, making stroke the third-leading cause of death. It is also the leading cause of long-term disability. One-third of stroke patients are under age 60.

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted or severely reduced. Within a few minutes to a few hours, brain cells begin to die. Stroke  also can be caused by bleeding inside the brain. This is referred to as a hemorrhagic stroke.

Prompt treatment could mean the difference between life and death. Early treatment can also minimize damage to the brain and potential disability.

Part of the "Health For Your Lifetime" series presented by University of Iowa Health Care, this program is free and open to the community. Pre-registration is encouraged.

To register, or for more information, go to www.uihealthcare.com/classes, or call UI Health Access at 319-384-8442 or toll-free at 800-777-8442.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

CONTACTS: Media: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu; Tom Walljasper, 319-384-7353, tom-walljasper@uiowa.edu