DOVER -- Each month, an estimated 15 to 20 Tuscarawas County residents suffer a stroke.

And stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States.

To help protect yourself, family and friends, Union Hospital at Dover is presenting a free program to identify the signs of stroke and protect against it. Dr. Alok Bhagat will be the featured speaker of the "Strike Out Stroke" program scheduled at 6 p.m. on Nov. 13. Registration is required and can be completed by visiting the "Health Events" section of the hospital's web site at www.unionhospital.org or by calling 330-602-0778.

For every minute that brain cells are deprived of oxygen during a stroke, brain damage increases. But chances for survival and recovery improve when treatment begins within the first few hours of stroke warning signs.

Dr. Bhagat of the UPS Neurology Center on the Union Hospital campus at Dover, will discuss how to identify the warning signs and symptoms of a stroke, as well as the risk factors and prevention strategies.

Dr. Bhagat is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, the American Board of Sleep Medicine, and is a diplomat of the American Board of Clinical Neruophysiology. He specializes in stroke, along with concussions and headaches, dementia, epilepsy, movement disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, sleep disorders and Tourette's Syndrome.

The program is presented by the hospital's Community Health and Wellness Department.

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