St. Francis hosting stroke seminar and screenings for National Stroke Month

May 18, 2017

Columbus, GA – May 18, 2017 – St. Francis will host a Stroke Seminar and Screenings on Tuesday, May 23 from 5pm -8pm in the Sara Ruth Carroll Auditorium of the Butler Pavilion located at 2300 Manchester Expressway, Columbus, GA 31904.  The free community program will feature a series of lectures that will educate the public on how to prevent and treat stroke, how to take care of their heart, as well as conditions that can lead to stroke.  In addition to the lectures prior to the event, registrants will have the opportunity to take free blood pressure screenings, along with stroke assessments, sleep disorder assessments, and more. 

Below is the schedule of events and speakers:

  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm – Registration and Free Screenings

  • 6:00 pm – Dr. Nojan Valadi – Stroke Awareness: Signs, Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention – St. Francis Neurology

  • 6:30 pm – Dr. Akram Ibrahim – Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke – Southeastern Cardiology Associates

  • 7:00 pm – Dr Jacob Davtyan – Advances in Heart Care – St. Francis Cardiothoracic and Vascular Institute

  • 7:30 pm – Dr. Vik Chhokar – Atrial Appendage and Heart Defects – Chhokar Clinic

Registration for the event is required and can be completed by calling 706.320.8060 or by registering online at

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

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