Stroke survivor and local doctor speak at CRMC's Stroke Symposium

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - Cheyenne Regional Medical Center is hosting a Stroke Symposium today until 1 p.m., May 4. The free symposium focuses on stroke prevention, stroke symptoms, and early intervention. Dr. Tracie Caller, a neurologist and medical director of CRMC’s stroke program, will speak at today's event. A stroke survivor shares her experience and how the identification of stroke symptoms by her co-workers helped her receive early intervention and care. ​“Stroke is one of the top five leading causes of death in the United States, and we are increasingly seeing the disease affect younger persons,” Dr. Caller said. “Awareness and education are crucial in promoting the reduction of risk factors for stroke, as many causes of stroke are potentially preventable.” The symposium is in the CRMC's main auditoriums located at 214 East 23rd St. *What to know about a stroke:* - A stroke occurs when a blockage stops the flow of blood to the brain or when a blood vessel in or around the brain bursts. *Use “FAST” to help remember the warning signs of a stroke:* - Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop? - Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? - Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the person’s speech slurred or strange? - Time: If you detect any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately. For more information about the symposium, please call 633-7003. #shortgo #news