Spokes for Strokes bike ride aims to improve stroke care

Ashburn050As 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.

4 cyclistsThe 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.

Stroke education

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

About Baptist Health Paducah

Baptist Health Paducah is a regional medical and referral center, serving about 200,000 patients a year from four states. With more than 1,800 employees and 200 physicians, it offers a full range of services, including cardiac and cancer care, diagnostic imaging, women’s and children’s services, surgery, emergency treatment, rehabilitation and more. Since its humble beginning in 1953, Baptist Health Paducah has grown from 117 beds to 349 beds on a campus covering eight square blocks.
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One Response to Spokes for Strokes bike ride aims to improve stroke care

  1. Reblogged this on Baptist Health For You and commented:
    Great post from Baptist Health Paducah about their upcoming Spokes for Strokes bike ride!

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