About 795,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke, according to the American Stroke Association. That means, on average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds. Stroke kills more than 137,000 people a year. That's about 1 of every 18 deaths. It's the No. 4 cause of death. On average, every 4 minutes someone dies of stroke.

At the Primary Stroke Center at Riverside Community Hospital, specialists are working to change those statistics with help from the American Heart/Stroke Association and other health care organizations.

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The Primary Stroke Center at Riverside Community Hospital offers 24 hour emergent diagnostic and treatment services for patients presenting with acute stroke. Through the program, our dedicated Stroke Team comprised of trained physicians and nurses, work together to identify stroke symptoms as quickly as possible beginning with emergency medical service workers in the field. By the time a patient arrives at the hospital, the stroke team is ready.

If you are experiencing chest pain or any other emergency, call 911 immediately.

It's important to understand the signs and warnings of a stroke. That's why The Primary Stroke Center at Riverside Community's goal is to provide and increases education and awareness of stroke symptoms and preventative measures to both healthcare professionals and the community.

For information on our free upcoming Stroke Awareness and Prevention Community Lectures, call (951) 788-3463 or view our community calendar. If you or someone you know is a stroke survivor, join us on the fourth Thursday of every month for our free support groups. To register and reserve a space, call (951) 788-3463.

Spot a Stroke: F - Face Drooping, A - Arm Weakness, S - Speech Difficulty, T - Time to Call 911
Stroke is the No. 4 cause of dateh, and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States.