Wednesday, October 6, 2010

WSSU Group Working to End Strokes Through Education and Awareness

Rams Fighting Against High Blood Pressure and Stroke at Winston-Salem State University began their work this semester by presenting a special educational program featuring Dr. Chere M. Chase, medical director for neuroscience and neuro-critical care with Forsyth Medical Center, on Monday, October 4.

The “Power to End Strokes” (PTES) is a campus-based initiative that began last spring. It is part of a national campaign designed to educate Americans about the signs and symptoms of stroke, particularly African Americans.

“Strokes used to be a condition of older individuals, but now is a condition that can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of age, race or gender,” said Dr. Sylvia Flack, executive director of the Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Health Disparities. “While everyone can be at risk, strokes do occur in African Americans at twice the rate of the white population.”

Winston Salem State University LogoMore than 300 Winston-Salem State University students took a pledge to indicate their understanding of the importance of healthy living as part of the awareness event “Come meet stroke, the OTHER silent killer” which kicked-off the effort in April. ###

Winston Salem State University CONTACT: Nancy Young Director of Public Relations 336-750-8764

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