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Victory Over Stroke Symposium Set for March 5, 2015

The Stroke Association of Florida Announces Sixth Annual "Victory Over Stroke" Event in Bradenton, Florida.

Bradenton, FL, February 27, 2015 --( The Stroke Association of Florida has announced its Sixth Annual Victory Over Stroke Symposium, scheduled for Thursday, March 5, 2015, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at H2U Blake Medical Center, 6670 Cortez Road W. in Bradenton.

Ana M. Guillermo, H2U Program Manager, will emcee the Free event, which includes presentations from distinguished local speakers, free stroke risk health screenings and exhibitors. Lunch is provided.

“The goal of Victory Over Stroke is to raise awareness about stroke symptoms and the critical need to call 911, what you can do to minimize your chance of having a stroke and how to be prepared in the event a major health crisis happens to your family,” said Holly Dykema, co-founder of the Stroke Association of Florida. The mission of the non-profit organization is to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke by educating the community about prevention, risks, signs and symptoms.

Dykema co-founded the Stroke Association of Florida in June 2009, three years after her husband suffered a massive stroke, leaving him unable to speak in full sentences and paralyzed on the right side of his body. “Eighty percent of strokes can be prevented. People just need to know the simple steps they can take to reduce their personal risk for stroke and avoid this horrendous disabler,” Dykema said.

More than 800,000 Americans suffer from a stroke each year (approximately 3,000 people a year in Manatee and Sarasota counties are among that number). It’s the number one cause of adult disability and the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. More women die of stroke each year than of breast cancer. In the United States, someone has a stroke every 45 seconds.

The free stroke-risk health screenings include:

Blood Pressure
Carotid Artery Ultrasound

The speakers at the event are:

David C. Nonell M.D., FACEP
Medical Director, Emergency Department, Blake Medical Center

Donna I. Sobel
Elder Law Attorney, Donna Irvin Sobel Law Office

Grace Lee, MS, RD, LD/N
Clinical Nutrition Director, HCA West Florida Division South

Mary Ellen Bond, MS RN CNRN
Stroke Program Coordinator, Blake Medical Center

Holly Dykema
Co-Founder, Stroke Association of Florida

The program and screenings are Free, although pre-registration is required. Please RSVP to (888) 359-3552. The Stroke Association of Florida can be reached at P.O. Box 25082, Sarasota, Florida 34277. Telephone: (941) 346-1122. For more information, please visit
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Sheila Brannan Longo
Thomas & Brannan Communications

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