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First annual stroke symposium focuses on prevention and treatment

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Greenwich, CT (May 19, 2022) – An in-depth look at preventing and treating stroke – the nation's leading cause of disability and fifth leading cause of death – was the focus of Greenwich Hospital’s 1st Annual Stroke Symposium on Advances in Stroke Management and Prevention.

“Early recognition of stroke is key to a successful outcome,” Paul Lleva, MD, director of Greenwich Hospital’s stroke program, told the audience at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Old Greenwich on May 12. “Stroke incidence and mortality have declined in recent decades, thanks to improved awareness and treatments. To continue this trend, healthcare providers must remain committed, open and up to date on best practices for management of stroke.”

Dr. Lleva, a Yale Medicine vascular neurologist, and Akli Zetchi, MD, a Yale Medicine cerebrovascular neurosurgeon, were co-directors of the free event that drew more than 150 healthcare professionals. The symposium highlighted topics showcasing the collaboration of various departments and experts involved in stroke care. Panelists included representatives from Greenwich Hospital, Yale Medicine and Burke Rehabilitation Hospital.

Focusing on stroke care and prevention is particularly relevant during the pandemic because COVID-19 is one of the many causes of stroke. May is also national Stroke Awareness Month. “We wanted to spread knowledge in the community about lowering risk factors as well enhancing the skill of the healthcare providers involved in stroke care,” said Dr. Lleva.

The Greenwich Hospital Stroke Center is at the forefront of stroke care, integrating the most updated medical knowledge and a specialized team approach to provide patients with the best outcomes.

Greenwich Hospital is a member of Yale New Haven Health. Greenwich is a 206-bed (includes 32 isolettes) community hospital serving lower Fairfield County, Connecticut and Westchester County, New York. It is a academic affiliate of Yale School of Medicine. Since opening in 1903, Greenwich Hospital has evolved into a progressive medical center and teaching institution representing all medical specialties and offering a wide range of medical, surgical, diagnostic and wellness programs. Greenwich Hospital is recognized throughout the healthcare industry as a leader in service and patient satisfaction excellence. Greenwich Hospital has the prestigious Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the nation’s highest honor of nursing excellence.

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