World Stroke Day is observed on October 29 to underscore the serious nature and high rates of stroke.  This day is dedicated to help raise awareness of the prevention and treatment of the condition, to help ensure better care and support for survivors.  Stroke is the number two cause of death in the world and the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S.

To help bring awareness to this epidemic in America, Rio Grande Regional Hospital hosted its 3rd Annual Spooktacular 5k Run/Walk on October 23rd.  Dr. Hamzah Saei, Vascular/Neurologist and Dr. Kevin McMahon, Epileptologist/Neurologist spoke to the crowd and explained the signs and symptoms of a stroke.  In addition, the physicians also encouraged everyone to BE FAST.  BE FAST is an acronym to help detect and enhance responsiveness to the needs of a person having a stroke. The acronym stands for Balance difficulties, Eyesight changes, Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties and Time to call 911.

Rio Grande Regional Hospital, a Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center, was recognized by the American Heart Association with the 2021 GWTG Stroke GOLD PLUS with Honor Roll Elite and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll. This recognition showcases Rio Grande Regional Hospital’s continuous commitment to provide the residents of the Rio Grande Valley with high quality care while reducing risks and improving lives.