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heart disease and stroke

A stroke, sometimes called a “brain attack,” occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. While a stroke is occurring, it is referred to as the acute phase of a stroke. Brain cells in the immediate area begin to die because they stop getting the oxygen and nutrients they need to function.

As brain cells die, abilities controlled by that area of the brain are impaired. The impact from a stroke ranges from mild to severe, and can include paralysis and impairments of function such as speech, movement, and memory. Specific abilities lost or affected depend on the location of the stroke in the brain and the amount of damage the stroke caused.

There are two major kinds of stroke. The first, known as an ischemic stroke, is caused by a blood clot that blocks a blood vessel to the brain. Approximately 87 percent of strokes are acute ischemic. The second, known as a hemorrhagic stroke, is caused by a blood vessel in the brain that breaks or ruptures spilling blood into the brain.

2016 Missouri Million Hearts Conference is being hosted by Mercy Hospital, Springfield, MO on October 12th.
Million Hearts is a national initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The objective in Missouri is to prevent 20,000 heart attacks and strokes by 2017.  If your county is like many other counties in Missouri, heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death. At the state level, heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death. Would you like to find out more regarding the national and state efforts to address this critical issue?  The Missouri Million Hearts partnership has invited the Executive Director of Million Hearts, the President-Elect of the American Medical Association and other speakers to inform participants of effective interventions for enhancing cardiovascular health in your community. You will also learn about the goals, achievements and future plans of the Missouri Million Hearts Partnership.  

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  The admission is free and a catered lunch will be available for $12.00.

Register by September 30th, 2016 for this exciting event!

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