- John H. Potvin
Chair, RI HEARTSafe Community Program Advisory Group
To provide ongoing surveillance on the burden and distribution of stroke in Rhode Island.
Information on stroke risk factors and healthcare access.
*Stroke education must address all of the following to qualify: personal risk factors for stroke, warning signs for stroke, activation of emergency medical system, need for follow-up after discharge, and medications prescribed
In treating strokes, every minute counts. Chances of an optimal outcome are increased when people recognize the signs of a stroke, can provide the "last known well" (LKW) time (i.e. the last time the patient was known to be without signs or symptoms of a stroke),and get the patient to the hospital as soon as possible.