As a neurologist, I moved back to Paducah three years ago knowing I could improve stroke care in my hometown. Fortunately, I’ve been able to use my hobby – cycling – to do the same in the annual Spokes for Strokes bike ride hosted by Baptist Health Paducah. Community members can fight stroke, too, whether they’re avid cyclists or haven’t been on a bicycle in years, by registering for the ride.
Spokes for Strokes
The hospital will host its third Spokes for Strokes bike tour this Saturday, June 7, to raise stroke awareness, along with funds for life-saving technologies and expanded stroke care services.
It will begin at 7 a.m. with registration at Baptist Health Imaging on the west end of campus at 2705 Kentucky Ave., followed by the tour at 8 a.m. Registration at active.com is $25 for an individual, $40 for couples and $50 for a family of four.
The bike tour offers 10-, 35- or 65-mile rides through southern McCracken, Marshall and Graves counties. The longest ride includes challenging hills and four rest stops. The 35-mile ride is less hilly with four rest stops. The short ride is completely flat and stays in McCracken County. It includes one rest stop. All rides will be followed by support vehicles. Helmets are required.
Why is stroke education so important? Stroke is the one of the nation’s leading killers and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Baptist is Kentucky’s only certified stroke center west of Owensboro and a recent recipient of The Get With the Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for commitment and success in meeting national guidelines for stroke care.
We focus on public education, so people of all ages know to call 9-1-1 immediately if they see anyone experiencing signs of a stroke. Time saved is brain saved, so if they seek immediate treatment, the effects of stroke may be reduced or even reversed.
To determine if symptoms indicate a stroke, keep F.A.S.T. in mind:
F=Face Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A=Arm Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S=Speech Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?
T=Time If you observe any of these signs, phone 9-1-1 because ambulance staff can expedite treatment.
If you have any questions about stroke symptoms, talk to a Baptist nurse any time at the Chest Pain & Stroke Hotline: 1.800.575.1911.
– Neurologist Joseph Ashburn, MD
Medical director of Baptist Health Paducah stroke center