Binghamton University offers stroke prevention program in Delaware County


Faculty and students of Binghamton University’s Decker School of Nursing are organizing a series of free stroke prevention educational programs for residents in Delaware County.

In recent years, stroke has become one of the top causes of fatalities among men and women in the county. According to statistics from the Center for Disease Control, the mortality rate for cerebrovascular accidents or stroke for both men and women is 30 percent higher in the county than the New York state average.

Despite the high numbers, most men and women are not familiar with the signs or symptoms of stroke. Since stroke death and disability can be severely limited with proper emergency care, Decker faculty and students have developed an educational program to help county residents identify and address stroke risk.

The program is entitled Facts for Action to Stroke Treatment or “FAST” and a session will take place at 6:15 p.m. Monday, October 27, in the Deposit School cafeteria. For more information, contact Kraig Pritts, Deposit School District superintendent, at 607-467-5380, or Terrie Butler, school nurse, at 607-467-8517.

Another session will be offered to the Banker’s Association at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 28, at the Delaware Academy High School in Delhi.

The Kenneth M. Axtell Jr. Foundation has provided a Deposit area grant to support the FAST program. The FAST program will be expanded into the Hobart and Stamford areas, thanks to the support of the Robert B. & Addie P. Thomson Trust.

For more information, contact Pamela Stewart Fahs, director of the O’Connor Office of Rural Health Studies, at 607-777-6805 or toll free at 1-866 205-8120.

Last Updated: 9/17/13