Thanks to a half-million dollar grant from the Greater Rochester Health Foundation, Unity Hospital is now better equipped to tackle secondary stroke prevention in Monroe County.
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., and close to a quarter of all strokes that happen in Monroe County are recurrent.
Unity Hospital's stroke prevention program will include risk assessment, education, follow-up and care coordination.
Ideally, a stroke can be prevented before the first occurrence, but Unity says preventing the first stroke is different than preventing a second.
"This clinic, this effort here is meant to make sure that those educational opportunities are not missed, that patients understand why they're adhering to medication and to kind of establish that inertia that hey, this is you for the rest of your life," said Unity neurologist Dr. Chris Burke.
To learn more about Unity's Stroke Center, click here.