|Medtronic Supports Boston Area Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp for Stroke Survivors and Caregivers|
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Bring Stroke Camp to Area Stroke Survivors and Caregivers
DUBLIN - August 14, 2015 - Three leading Boston-area hospitals - Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital - have teamed up to bring stroke victims the Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp (Stroke Camp), sponsored by Medtronic. Stroke Camp, a three-day retreat for stroke survivors, caregivers and family members, will be held Aug. 14-16 in Contoocook, New Hampshire. This is the third of four rehabilitative camps this year across the United States, in partnership with local area hospitals and Stroke Camp founder Marylee Nunley.
"Stroke affects not only patients, but caregivers, families, communities and friends," said Dr. Ali Aziz-Sultan, the chief of vascular/endovascular neurosurgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital. "Stroke Camp helps provide a getaway where survivors, caregivers and families can share the daily triumphs and challenges they face every day. We're proud to be a part of a weekend where these individuals are given the opportunity to relax and share, building relationships that will last a lifetime."
Medtronic has sponsored Stroke Camp since 2014 and is committed to helping fight stroke. In addition to supporting endeavors such as Stroke Camp, Medtronic is committed to bringing the best medical technology to fight this disease to market. Recently, stent retrievers such as its Solitaire(TM) stent retriever device, which helps to immediately restore blood flow and remove blood clots causing stroke, were included in the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) new stroke treatment guidelines that recommend the use of this technology in conjunction with the current standard of care, IV-tPA, for eligible patients.
"The patients, caregivers and physicians, like those involved in each Stroke Camp, inspire our work. Until we can eliminate the burden of stroke, we are pleased to support the therapeutic benefits of this well-deserved retreat," said Brett Wall, president of the Neurovascular business, which is part of the Restorative Therapies Group at Medtronic.
Stroke is caused by a blood clot that blocks a blood vessel in the brain. It is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S., and the leading cause of long-term disability.i If a person is exhibiting signs of numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, or having trouble speaking, seeing or walking, call 9-1-1 and seek treatment immediately.
The grant for the Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp is funded by Medtronic's community outreach program.
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