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City of Newnan Mayor Keith Brady and County Commissioners Proclaim May Stroke Awareness Month

City of Newnan Mayor Keith Brady and County Commissioners Proclaim May Stroke Awareness Month

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Newnan, Ga.
(May 22, 2019) - Coweta County Commissioners and City of Newnan Mayor Keith Brady recently joined Piedmont Newnan Hospital's stroke awareness team, proclaiming May to be "Stroke Awareness and Prevention Month," in Newnan and Coweta County.

"I urge all residents to familiarize themselves with the warning signs, symptoms and risk factors associatied with stroke so that we might begin to reduce the devastating effects stroke imposes on our state," Mayor Brady told the audience during his proclamation at Piedmont Newnan Hospital on Wednesday, May 22.

Piedmont Newnan is a Primary Stroke Center committed to providing quality care for stroke patients through state of the art diagnostics, emergency stroke treatment and effective, timely care, which can significantly improve outcomes and save lives in Coweta County and surrounding communities.

Quality stroke care is especially important in an area known as the "stroke belt." The Southeast, except Florida, has the highest rate of strokes in the county. With time being of the essence, it is important to have a local hospital that can treat almost any stroke victim in the county and support a door-to-needle time of less than 60 minutes. The door-to-needle time refers to the timely administration of the clot-busting drug tPA or tissue plasminogern activator. tPA is used to treat acute ischemic stroke and must be given within three to four-and-a-half hours on the onset of symptoms.

"Stroke is now the fifth-leading cause of death with one death occuring every four minutes. But the good news is that 80 percent of strokes are preventable by eating right and exercising regularly, as well as by getting regular physicals and working with your primary care physician to control your cholesteral and blood pressure," said Debbie Camp, Piedmont Newnan's stroke program manager.

Through Piedmont's partnership with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, people who have suffered a stroke can have comprehensive care without having to leave Newnan. These two proclamations are affirmation of the care and the awareness to be had locally.

"The aim of this proclamation is to inform everyone in Coweta to be an advocate for early stroke intervention by increasing their awareness about the signs and symptoms of stroke and its devastating effects," Commissioner and Vice Chairman Paul Poole read in the proclamation at the County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, May 21. "It is important to remember the warning signs and the F.A.S.T. acronym - Face, Arms, Speech and Time."

The proclamation added that stroke costs Georgia an estimated $1.5 billion and nationally an estimated $34 billion each year. Piedmont Newnan averages 45 stroke patients a month. However, according to Camp, 50 percent of Piedmont Newnan patients did not call 9-1-1 when they were having a stroke. Recognizing the signs of a stroke and knowing what to do can save a life.

"Being able to prevent and recognize a stroke is extremely important. The residents need to know their risk factors, such as, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, obesity, all of which can be prevented. Receiving prompt treatment could be the difference in walking out of the hospital and being dependent upon someone to care for you for the rest of your life," Camp said.

For more information on stroke services, visit piedmont.org.

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