POWER TO END STROKE SLATED FOR MARCH 9

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Erlanger Health System, in partnership with the Minority Health Fair and the American Stroke Association, will present “The Power to End Stroke,” a free educational event open to the public, at Greater Tucker Missionary Baptist Church on Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Attendees will hear stroke experts from Erlanger discuss important topics related to stroke:

· Abdelazim Sirelkhatim, MD, of Erlanger Neurology Group, will present “Signs, Symptoms and Risk Factors of Stroke.”

· Jennifer Sparks, NP-C, of Tennessee Interventional Associates, will talk about “Interventional Treatment for Stroke Patients.”

· Gabe Tallent, MD, of Erlanger Sleep Medicine and Neurology, will address “Sleep Apnea and Stroke.”

· Thomas G. Devlin, MD, PhD, Medical Director of Erlanger Southeast Regional Stroke Center, will discuss “Why you should come to Erlanger if you are having a stroke.”

“The Power to End Stroke” will also feature stroke survivor and physician, Lisa Staton, MD, with UT College of Medicine Chattanooga. Additionally, free blood pressure screenings will be available from 8 to 9 a.m., and participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a free light breakfast and a free heart-healthy lunch.

The educational event targets African Americans, who are twice as likely to die from stroke as Caucasians. The rate of first strokes in African Americans is almost double that of whites and tends to occur earlier in life. In fact, African Americans are more impacted by stroke than any other racial group in America.

Greater Tucker Missionary Baptist Church, the site of the event, is located at 1115 North Moore Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37411, across the street from Brainerd High School. Although the event is free, advance registration is required. To register, call 423-778-LINK(5465).

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