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OMC to host free educational dinner for women Jan. 29

Learn more about stroke and how education on early detection could save a life, maybe even your own. Join Ozarks Medical Center for a free Ladies First dinner event on the topic of stroke with guest speaker Vikas Kumar, MD, a neurologist at OMC Neurosciences Center.

The dinner is from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Willard Hunter Classroom in Parkway Center. The event is free and open to the public but reservations are required and may be made by calling 417-257-6793.

According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death for women. Each year, 55,000 more women have a stroke than men.

"It is important to learn the many warning signs of a stroke so you will be able to recognize them if one or more happens to you or a loved one," Dr. Kumar said. "Quick treatment can be essential to a good outcome for someone suffering from a stroke. The only treatment for ischemic stroke (clot blocking a blood vessel) is the clot-fighting drug, tPA. However, from the time the stroke begins, the time window to administer the medication is limited. That's why it is so important for people of all ages to know more about stroke so that they can seek help quickly if someone they know begins exhibiting those symptoms."

The signs of stroke are face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty and time to call 911, which can be remembered by the acronym FAST (face, arm, speech, time).

The dinner is part of the Ladies First series, a community initiative, which encourages women to adopt healthy lifestyles for themselves and their families. Quarterly educational dinners are held on specific health care topics.

For more information about Ladies First, call 417-257-6793.

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