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Banner Thunderbird plans stroke support group


GLENDALE, Ariz. (Jan. 16, 2013) – Banner Thunderbird Medical Center invites stroke survivors and their loved ones to attend a free stroke support group open to residents in the Northwest Valley. The group will be meeting from 10-11 a.m. the second Thursday of every month in the Navajo Room on the west side of the hospital’s campus at 5555 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale.

The stroke support group gives members the opportunity to share concerns and support each other in a welcoming and confidential environment. The group also provides a variety of educational topics related to stroke for the stroke survivor and caregiver through discussion, audiovisual presentations and scheduled speakers.

Stroke occurs when a blood vessel to the brain becomes blocked. Deprived of oxygen, brain cells die. The effect on stroke survivors can range from minimal to severe; creating a lifetime of injury for some that may include physical disabilities, difficulty speaking or swallowing, behavioral changes, or memory impairments.

About 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke and 137,000 people die from stroke each year in the United States, according to the American Stroke Association.

About Banner Thunderbird Medical Center
Banner Thunderbird Medical Center – part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health system with 23 hospitals throughout the West—is a 514-bed hospital offering surgical services, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency care, behavioral health services and heart care. It is Glendale’s largest private employer with 2,800 employees and 1,200 physicians.

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