The Stroke Team at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School will host the third annual Stomp Out Stroke Festival on May 2 at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St., in downtown Houston. The free event is designed to provide lifesaving information about stroke prevention and treatment.
Free health screenings and risk assessments will be offered, including carotid ultrasound, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, EKG, BMI, diabetic foot check, stroke risk, vision, memory, fall risk and obstructive sleep apnea. Adult and child education sessions and interactive activities will be facilitated by stroke physicians, pharmacists, nurses, physical therapists, dieticians and fitness experts.
There will be a Kid Zone, fitness activities such as Zumba, ice carving, Dance Asian American, Houston Rockets “Clutch” and other family entertainment.
“We strive to motivate families to make positive health behavior changes to reduce their stroke risk and teach them self-care practices,” said Dr. Elizabeth Noser, clinical assistant professor of neurology and the James C. Grotta, M.D. Chair in Neurological Recovery and Stroke at UTHealth. “We want to inspire children to be owners of their own health and become health leaders of tomorrow.”
Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted by a blockage or a rupture in an artery, depriving brain tissue of oxygen. It is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of disability. According to the American Stroke Association and the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year – one every 40 seconds – and stroke costs the United States $38 billion a year. The only FDA-approved treatment for ischemic stroke, the most prevalent kind, is the clot-buster tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), but it must be given within three hours of the first signs of stroke to be most effective.
Major sponsors of the festival include HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospitals and TIRR Memorial Hermann. For more information, visit www.strokefestival.org.