From the CEO
Every 40 seconds, another American has a stroke, or “brain attack.” It’s the No. 1 cause of disability among adults. And more than a quarter of stroke victims are under age 65.* Yet most Americans don’t know how to recognize the signs of a stroke or how to lower their risk.
For this issue, we asked two physicians at Aiken Regional to clear up some common misunderstandings about stroke. The truth is, 80 percent of strokes are preventable.* Knowing the facts can make the difference, literally, between life and death for you or someone you love.
You’ll also learn how endoscopic ultrasound, an advanced imaging tool, is enabling physicians at Aiken Regional to see digestive disease even before symptoms appear, giving new hope to patients with pancreatic cancer and other life-threatening conditions.
As membership continues to grow in our popular women’s health initiative, Women Enlightened for Better Health (WE), we also discuss some of the top health concerns of today’s young women.
We hope you enjoy this issue of Quality of Life, and we’ll be happy to see you and your family at the fun-filled events we have planned for this summer!
Chief Executive Officer
*Source: Stroke Awareness Foundation (www.strokeinfo.org)
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