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Decatur Memorial Hospital Hosts Dining with the Docs in Stroke Awareness Month

Thursday April, 25th 2019

April 25, 2019…Decatur, Ill… A common misconception is that strokes occur only in older adults.  Although your stroke risk increases with age, a stroke can happen to anyone at any time.  An average of 1.9 million brain cells die every minute when you’re having a stroke—so, seconds do count.  If you think you or someone else is having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately and note the time when symptoms first appeared.

“Learning how to recognize a stroke is just as important as reducing your risk factors,” says Oliver Dold, M.D., Neurosurgeon, DMH Medical Group. “We know that recognition of stroke symptoms leads to receiving medical attention faster, which results in better outcomes.”  Fewer than half of 9-1-1 calls for stroke are made within one hour of symptom onset. DMH Brain & Stroke Center uses the acronym B.E. F.A.S.T. to identify common stroke symptoms:

B- Balance: Has the person had a sudden loss of balance, headache, or dizziness?
E- Eyes: Do they have sudden double vision or loss of vision in one or both eyes?

F – Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A – Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S – Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is their speech slurred?
T – Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1.

Decatur Memorial Hospital will host its annual Stroke Symposium on Thursday, May 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the Classroom Complex at the Hospital, to celebrate Stroke Awareness Month.  This Spring’s event “Dinner with the Doctors, Be Stroke Aware” features DMH Emergency Care Center Medical Director Ted Clark, M.D., that will speak about Before the First Hour. DMH Neurosurgeon Oliver Dold, M.D.  will discuss The Future of Stroke Treatment.  Click here to register online or call 217-876-2850 for more information.


Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH), located in Decatur, Ill., is a 300 bed, not-for-profit, community hospital that has been providing medical care since 1916 for the residents of Central Illinois.  Today, DMH has more than 2,300 dedicated employees, 300 physicians, and is a designated Level II Trauma Center.  DMH has been recognized nine years as a 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital from IBM Watson Health.