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Florida Hospital wants women to know about stroke risk

BY JOYCE MCKENZIE
Special Correspondent

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TAMPA – Florida Hospital Tampa invites you to ready yourself and your passport for an uncommon excursion that could save your life.

In a free Italian-themed seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. May 8 at the Tampa Palms Country Club, 5811 Tampa Palms Blvd., you’ll be guided down a path toward a better understanding of the inner-workings of the brain as well as the causes and treatment for strokes.

David Decker, M.D., Florida Hospital Tampa co-medical director of the stroke program, who specializes in vascular neurology and neurocritical care, will facilitate the program.

Prior to joining the staff, Decker was the medical director of the neuroscience intensive care unit at Tampa General Hospital. He also served as the vascular neurology fellowship program director and assistant professor of vascular neurology and neurocritical care at the University of South Florida Medical Center.

“Educating women on the risks and signs of stroke is crucial because stroke is the third leading cause of death in women and seven out of 10 women are not aware that they are more likely to have a stroke than men,” Decker said in a statement.

Decker also noted that many women also don’t know that every year strokes kill twice as many women as breast cancer.

“Knowing the risks and the symptoms of stroke can help you take the appropriate steps to lower your risk or take action should you or a loved one suffer a stroke,” he said.

While listening and absorbing the information that Decker believes is crucial to the health and wellbeing of all woman, attendees will be treated to Italian treats.

Pre-registration is required by logging onto this website or calling (813) 615-7300.

Joyce McKenzie can be reached at joycecmckenzie@gmail.com.

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