Mercy Hospital Joplin to Host Free Stroke Awareness Events in May

April 25, 2016

Mark your calendars for Mercy Hospital Joplin’s free stroke education events each Thursday in May as part of National Stroke Awareness Month.

The free events will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. on May 5, May 12, May 19 and May 26 in the main hallway on the second floor of the hospital. Representatives from Mercy’s Stroke Team will conduct free blood pressure checks and will provide information about how to recognize stroke signs, how to act “FASST” and lifestyle changes that may reduce the risk of a stroke.

Information on Mercy’s Four-State Stroke Support Group will also be available. The support group provides an outlet for stroke survivors and their caregivers to share challenges and successes in stroke recovery, and features a variety of speakers on stroke recovery topics. The group meets the third Monday of each month from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Communities of Wildwood Ranch, located at 3222 S. John Duffy Drive in Joplin.

About Stroke

A stroke occurs when the flow of blood is cut off to the brain causing the brain tissue to die, which can result in permanent damage or death. Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States and more than half of stroke patients will not be able to care for themselves after a stroke if they do not arrive to the emergency room quickly to receive treatment.

The National Stroke Association estimates about 795,000 strokes occur annually in the United States — one stroke every 40 seconds.

Every minute counts when someone is having a stroke. If you notice someone with the following symptoms, remember to think FASST and call 911.

  • Face: Ask the person to smile. Does the face look uneven?
  • Arm: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift down?
  • Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound strange?
  • Sudden loss of vision: Is the person experiencing a sudden loss of vision?
  • Time: Don’t waste time. Seek medical attention immediately.

Stroke Prevention

Obesity, smoking and overconsumption of alcohol can lead to a stroke. The National Stroke Association recommends the following nine ways to prevent a stroke:

  • Know your blood pressure and keep it under control.
  • Work with your doctor to determine if you have atrial fibrillation, which can cause blood to collect in your heart chambers, leading to possible clots that can cause a stroke.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation, if you drink at all.
  • Know your cholesterol and work with your doctor to lower your cholesterol if it is high.
  • If you are diabetic, control your diabetes with the help of your doctor.
  • Increase your daily exercise.
  • Eat low-sodium, low-fat foods.
  • Ask your doctor if you have problems with circulation.

Mercy Hospital Joplin is located at 100 Mercy Way in Joplin. The stroke events in May are free and open to the public. For more information about Mercy’s Four-State Stroke Support Group, contact Kevin Woods at 417-556-8420 or email


Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 44 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. 


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