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Monday, May 2, 2011

May is National Stroke Awareness Month

Someone in America has a stroke every 45 seconds according to the National Center for Health Statistics. Although stroke is the nation’s third most common cause of death and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability, the National Stroke Association says up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable. Simple lifestyle changes can decrease the likelihood of a stroke.

In honor of National Stroke Awareness Month, learn how to prevent a stroke and become familiar with the symptoms:

  • Sudden weakness or numbness of face, arm or leg—especially on one side of the body.
  • Sudden trouble speaking or understanding others.
  • Sudden difficulty seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Sudden loss of balance or coordination.
  • Severe headache with no known cause.
Anyone experiencing stroke symptoms should call 911 and be taken to a hospital, preferably one with an accredited stroke center.

The Penn Stroke Center is certified by the Joint Commission and has been awarded Gold Plus and Honor Roll status by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

Read about the Penn Stroke Center
Learn more about Penn Neuro Intensive Care

Solutions for women with involuntary urine loss and pelvic pressure

The loss of bladder control is a common and often embarrassing problem for many women. Symptoms of urinary incontinence range from leaking urine when coughing, sneezing or exercising, to having a sudden urge to urinate. Some women also experience pelvic pressure, which may signal a variety of bladder or pelvic conditions and should be examined. Penn urogynecology specialists are experienced in advanced diagnosis and treatment options to stop urinary incontinence and ease pelvic floor discomfort. Offices are conveniently located in Philadelphia and Radnor, PA, and Woodbury, NJ.

Make an appointment with a Penn urogynecology specialist

Start fresh this spring: weight loss information sessions in your community

Attend a weight loss information session for a fresh start this spring and recommit to your weight loss goals. Penn Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery is hosting free information sessions at Penn Medicine locations in Radnor, Bucks County and Valley Forge, PA and Woodbury Heights and Cherry Hill, NJ. Program surgeons and staff discuss Penn Medicine’s range of surgical options and unique support system. With more than 20 years of experience in weight loss surgery, the Penn Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program offers the latest and most comprehensive care to patients with severe obesity.

Learn more or register for an upcoming information session
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