Life Saving Information about Strokes

The Timbers of Shorewood presents a “Quality of Life” seminar featuring Leslie Barna, RN, BSN. She will provide information about strokes at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood. The public is welcome at this free presentation.

Barna is the coordinator of the stroke program at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet. She will share life saving information including important signs and symptoms of a stroke.

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to a part of the brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Within a few minutes, brain cells begin to die.

Stroke is a medical emergency, and prompt treatment of a stroke is crucial. Early treatment can minimize damage to the brain and potential stroke complications.

The good news is that strokes can be treated, and many fewer Americans now die of strokes than was the case 20 or 30 years ago. Improvement in the control of major risk factors for stroke — high blood pressure, smoking and high cholesterol — is likely responsible for the decline.

The Timbers, an independent and assisted living community, presents senior-related seminars, programs, and panel discussions on a monthly basis as a part of its “Quality of Life” series.

Again this event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.timbersofshorewood.com or call Judy Malin at 815-609-0669.

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