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Baystate Health to Offer Two Free Virtual Events on Stroke Prevention 

SPRINGFIELD – Baystate Health is offering two free informative virtual events during May’s Stroke Awareness Month. 

Strokes Can Happen at Any Age, presented by Dr. Rajiv Padmanabhan, Stroke Director in the Department of Neurology at Baystate Health, will be held on May 11 from 6-7 p.m. Being young doesn’t rule you out for having a stroke. Strokes in young people have increased 40% in the past few decades. But the majority of strokes still happen over age 55. Padmanabhan will discuss “strokes at all ages” and how to prevent them. 


Women: Do You Know Your Risk for Stroke?, presented by Dr. Heydi Flores Podadera of the Department of Neurology at Baystate Health, will be held on May 12 from 6-7 p.m. Stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Podadera will discuss strokes in women and how to prevent them. 


To register for the free stroke events, visit BaystateHealth.org/Stroke 


On average, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. There are about 795,000 new or recurrent strokes each year. On average, someone dies of a stoke every 4 minutes and there are more than 140 deaths each year from stroke. It is also the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the U.S. 


For more information on the comprehensive stroke treatment available at Baystate Health, visit baystatehealth.org/stroke.