Wristband Creation Donates 200 Stroke Awareness Wrist Bands to RTH Stroke Foundation

Wristband Creation of Burbank, California has generously donated 200 Stroke Awareness wrist bands to the RTH Stroke Foundation. These types of bands have been proven to assist in emergency situations, especially in the case of stroke, and we would like to extend our thanks to this company for donating them and assisting us in the fight against stroke.

Attend our upcoming seminars to get a chance to take some of these wristbands home. We will be offering them to attendees of our events until they run out.

For more information on Wristband Creation, visit their website here: WristbandCreation.com

Or call them today at: (800) 403-8050

Foundation donates $6 million for stroke clinic

From Keck School of Medicine of USC, Wednesday, May 16, 2012 

The Roxanna Todd Hodges Foundation, which is dedicated to preventing stroke, made a $6 million gift to establish the Roxanna Todd Hodges Comprehensive Stroke Clinic and the Roxanna Todd Hodges Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) Program at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

“This is an extraordinary gift,” said Keck School of Medicine of USC Dean Carmen A. Puliafito. “The best strategy against it is prevention. I will do whatever I can to make these programs successful and ones that the Roxanna Todd Hodges Foundation can be very proud of.”

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What is stroke?

Some time around 400 B.C., Hippocrates, often called the father of western medicine, first recognized stroke, which at that time was called apoplexy.

Because doctors knew so little about the brain, for centuries the cause of the condition remained a medical mystery.  Not until 1600 did doctors understand that strokes were “brain attacks” associated with blockages and bleeding in the brain.

A stroke occurs when there is an interruption or blockage of blood supply to the brain tissue. Blood is vital to brain cell health, as it carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain, so without oxygen and nutrients, the brain cells will begin to die.

Stroke can occur either because:

1) A blood vessel in the brain is blocked by a clot or plaque (ischemic stroke)

2) A blood vessel in the brain ruptures (hemorrhagic stroke)

Today, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. Each year, approximately 800,000 people suffer a stroke, with 2/3 of survivors left with some type of disability. Stroke can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of race, sex or age.

RTH Stroke Foundation Support Groups

It’s natural for stroke survivors to get a serious case of the blues. Your world has been unexpectedly turned on its head. But you don’t have to go it alone during your recovery and beyond.  The RTH Stroke Foundation offers free twice monthly Stroke Support Groups where stroke survivors and their family members, friends and others learn more about a stroke, share their experiences, and become inspired to move forward. It’s not possible to overstate what hugely positive effects these support groups have in the lives of stroke survivors and those close to them.

A stroke can be very isolating, so it is important for stroke survivors to meet regularly with other members who will help each of them face and overcome common challenges. A stroke support group is a place for stroke survivors and caregivers to make new friends, socialize, gain realistic feedback, help others and find meaning in life that may have been lacking in their lives since their stroke. Stroke support groups often are the key to uncovering the hidden strengths in many survivors with the warmth, acceptance and emotional support that is needed after a stroke.

The RTH Stroke Foundation Stroke Support Group meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 1:30PM to 3:00PM in Suite 110 of the Roxanna Todd Hodges Foundation Office. There is no cost. For any questions or if you want to register, please contact Janet French at (888) 794-9466 or (949) 916-1597.

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