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Valley Baptist Health System, Stroke Research & Education Foundation hosting free festival

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A festival being held this weekend in Harlingen hopes to educate residents more about strokes.

According to a release, the second-annual Stroke Awareness Festival will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Victor Park. During the event, which will feature games, prizes, family activities, live music, and dancing, there will be information on the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of stroke.

“We’re really encouraging more of the public attend the function in order to learn more about stroke, because as we have seen over the last seven-and-a-half years, every time we do this type of public educational event and collaborate with other organizations in the Rio Grande Valley, there is a significant increase in patients coming in during the golden hour and within the treatment time windows,” said Dr. Ameer E. Hassan, DO, FAHA, FSVIN, Head of the Neuroscience Department, Director of Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology and Director of Clinical Neuroscience Research at Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen. “By getting treated earlier, patients will do much better and typically go on to have functional independence with good clinical outcomes.”

Hassan added one way to reduce a person’s risk factors include diet modification and eating healthier.

“Increase the amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet and reduce the amount of red meat. All of these would significantly decrease our cardiovascular risks as well as decrease hypertension and diabetes. Also, it is recommended that we get 30 minutes of exercise five days a week.”

For more information about the festival, contact Olive Sanchez at 956-491-9622.

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