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Bristol Public Library Health Education Series Event: Stroke

October 07, 2013

The continuing Health Education Series at the Bristol Public Library on the second Thursday of each month will feature a presentation on Stroke on Thursday, October 10, 7 pm in the J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room at the Library. The presenter will be Dr. Earl Wilson, a Board certified neurologist, or one of the other physicians from the Bristol Regional Medical Center Primary Stroke Center. It is estimated by the Center for Disease Control that 130,000 Americans die each year from stroke. That is one in every nineteen deaths and one death from stroke every four minutes. Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. About 610,000 of these are first or new strokes. One in four is a recurrent stroke. Stroke costs the United States an estimated $38.6 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and missed days of work. Stroke is also the leading cause of serious long-term disability in the United States. The region with the highest percentage of stroke is the southeastern area with particularly high percentages in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. For more information, contactDoris Stickley on 276-821-6148.

The Health Education Series is done as a partnership with the Bristol Family Residency Program of the Quillen College of Medicine and Wellmont Health Systems. The series has been very successful in providing audiences with information on health issues that impact the Bristol region. Many audience members has been at every event and to quote one attendee, “Each one is better than the last.”