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Birmingham Event Raises Stroke Awareness

May is American Stroke Month. Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death in Alabama, and African-Americans are at a particularly higher risk compared to other ethnicities. 

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As part of American Stroke Month, the American Heart Association hosted its 7th annual Power to End Stroke  Reception on Thursday, May 8 at the Historic Woodrow Hall in Birmingham, Alabama. 

Power To End Stroke is an education and awareness campaign that embraces and celebrates the culture, energy, creativity and lifestyles of Americans. It unites people to help make an impact on the high incidence of stroke within their communities, particularly African Americans. 

At the reception, close to 100 attendees joined the American Heart Association in recognizing local individuals and organizations who are leading the campaign to impact health disparities in Alabama by increasing awareness and prevention of stroke.

Attendees also learned about the American Heart Association's policy effort to help more cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR through Telephone CPR. This policy initiative aims to ensure that 911 emergency dispatchers are trained to provide callers with high-quality CPR instructions in the event of an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. Visit yourethecure.org/TeleCPRAlabama for details.

Learn more about Power to End Stroke at EmpoweredToServe.org.

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