BROOKLYN, N.Y. The New York Methodist Hospital, a designated stroke center, held a Stroke Alert day in May to encourage patients and staff to have their blood pressure and glucose levels checked to lower their risk.
The event also offered information about the signs and symptoms of stroke and what to do when symptoms arise.Standing, from left, Linda Perez, RN; Marjorie Richards, RN, associate director of nursing, neurosciences; Joann Amitrano, RN, VP for nursing; Erna Clarke, RN, staff educator, medical-surgical division; and Loren P. Avellino, community affairs coordinator. Seated, from left, are Diana Benavente-Paredes, blood drawing/donor tech, and Sherry Bridgemohan, LPN.
According to Linda Perez, RN, MS, NP, administrative director of the Neuroscience Institute, most peoples first reaction when they feel discomfort is to lie down and hope the feeling passes.
People need to know that when they experience symptoms of stroke, they must get to an ED within three hours, she said. They shouldnt drive themselves. They need to know that its not a misuse of services to call 911.Linda Perez, RN, has her glucose checked.
As part of its ongoing commitment to stroke prevention, New York Methodist Hospital has been collecting data for the IRIS, or Insulin Resistance Intervention after Stroke or TIA Trial.
The national trial studies patients who have had a stroke or transient ischemic attack and involves taking a medication called pioglitazone to reduce insulin resistance. Methodist will be collecting data for three more years for the IRIS trial.
The program was initiated by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health. For information, visit www.iristrial.org.