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"BRAIN ATTACK" CALLS FOR THINKING "FAST"
Trinitas stresses awareness on World Stroke Day

It's a matter of being FAST...

F: Facial drooping
A: Arm Weakness
S: Speech Difficulty
T: Time to Call 911.

It's that easy to experience or to observe the progress of stroke and to take action.

That message was at the top of the agenda as Trinitas Regional Medical Center observed World Stroke Day on October 29. The Trinitas Stroke Team hosted an information table with literature about how to detect stroke, tips on how to prevent, treat, and beat stroke, plus diet and nutrition suggestions to ward off stroke. Visitors to the table were also encouraged to test their knowledge of this type of "brain attack" to help gain a greater understanding of this medical condition.

"World Stroke Day helps to create awareness that, unfortunately, stroke is the #5 cause of death in the United States. Worldwide, stroke is the #1 cause of preventable disability worldwide," explains Terry Finamore, RN, Stroke Program Coordinator, who brought together the Stroke Team to make the event possible.

Bringing local clout to the event and sporting a stroke awareness t-shirt, J. Christian Bollwage, Mayor of Elizabeth, presented Trinitas with a formal Proclamation saluting the medical center's efforts to promote education and awareness of stroke. The Mayor, center, and Terry Finamore, at his left, joined the members of the Stroke Team for a group photo.

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About Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC), a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in Central New Jersey, is a Catholic teaching medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation. With 10 Centers of Excellence across the continuum of care, Trinitas has distinguished itself in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, renal care, nursing education, diabetes management, wound healing and sleep medicine.

Posted: October 30, 2015

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