On April 28, UCLA’ fourth annual “Saving Strokes” event will take place at Rancho Park Municipal Golf Course. It provides stroke survivors and their caregivers lessons in chipping, putting, and full swing with a golf pro; in addition, it offers an opportunity to participate in chipping and putting practice. Specially adapted equipment is available for individuals who need assistance with balance or require the ability to “sit” while playing. A free lunch also is provided to participants. All stroke survivors and their caregivers are welcome.
The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 28 at:
Rancho Park Municipal Golf Course
10460 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
The event is sponsored by UCLA Health System and the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association. For More Information, click on this link.
Each year, stroke kills approximately 3,500 Los Angeles residents. Nationally, it is the fifth leading cause of severe, long-term disability. This year, about 700,000 Americans will have a new or recurrent stroke this year: one person every 45 seconds. Saving Strokes was developed based on a study that found that techniques important to golf (focus, dexterity and balance) can also improve strength and flexibility in stroke survivors.
According to UCLA Health System, stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted. Disruption in blood flow is caused when either a blood clot blocks one of the vital blood vessels in the brain (ischemic stroke), or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, spilling blood into surrounding tissues (hemorrhagic stroke).
The brain needs a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients in order to function. Even a brief interruption in blood supply can cause problems. Brain cells begin to die after just a few minutes without blood or oxygen. The area of dead cells in tissues is called an infarct. Due to both the physical and chemical changes that occur in the brain with stroke, damage can continue to occur for several days. This is called a stroke-in-evolution.
A loss of brain function occurs with brain cell death. This may include impaired ability with movement, speech, thinking and memory, bowel and bladder, eating, emotional control, and other vital body functions. Recovery from stroke and the specific ability affected depends on the size and location of the stroke. A small stroke may result in problems such as weakness in an arm or leg. Larger strokes may cause paralysis (inability to move part of the body), loss of speech, or even death.
According to the National Stroke Association, it is important to learn the 3 R’s of stroke:
- Reduce the risk.
- Recognize the symptoms.
- Respond by calling 911 (or your local ambulance service).
Stroke is an emergency and should be treated as such. The greatest chance for recovery from stroke occurs when emergency treatment is started immediately.