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Health educator talks to Sertoma about strokes

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The Roswell Sertoma Club was informed of the symptoms and dangers of strokes at a recent meeting.

Stacey Sexton, director of education and stroke coordinator for Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, explained the different types of stroke — clotting or hemorrhagic — and the mnemonic to help remember the symptoms. The current one is B(balance), E(eyes), F(face), A(arm), S(speech), T(time).

She said that timing is of the essence in recognizing and receiving treatment for a stroke because there is only a four-and-a-half-hour window during which blood thinners can be applied. She recommended taking an ambulance to the emergency room rather than being driven by someone. She also advised not minimizing symptoms.

The Roswell Sertoma Club assists in the purchase of hearing aids and speech therapy to people in need, provides 27 $500 college scholarships each semester and supports various youth activities and other charitable causes. Anyone wishing to join the club can visit the club’s website. Forms for assistance are also posted on the club’s website: www.roswellsertoma.org.