Media Advisory: State Health Commissioner Joins Assemblyman Cymbrowitz, Stroke Experts to Urge New Yorkers to Know Signs of Stroke and Seek Immediate Medical Attention

BROOKLYN, NY (May 22, 2008) – In recognition of National Stroke Awareness Month on Friday, May 23, at 1:30 p.m. State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., will join State Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, a former stroke patient, and stroke experts at Maimonides Medical Center to highlight the importance of seeking immediate medical attention at the first signs of a stroke.

Stroke is the third-leading cause of death. Each year strokes hospitalize approximately 42,000 New Yorkers and kill 7,000.

Who

Commissioner Daines, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, Maimonides Chief Operating Officer Mark McDougle, Emergency Medicine Chair Dr. Steven Davidson, Stroke Director Dr. Steven Rudolph, Director of Interventional Neuroradiology Dr. Jeffrey Farkas.

What

Stroke Awareness Promotion focusing on prevention, recognition of signs, and importance of prompt treatment to avoid long-term disability.

Where

Emergency Room at Maimonides Medical Center, Fort Hamilton Parkway between 48th and 49th Streets, Brooklyn

When

Friday, May 23 at 1:30 p.m.