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"SAVING STROKES" USES GOLF AS THERAPY

(Napa – May 15, 2010) – Napa Valley’s Second Annual Saving Strokes is a free program of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and Queen of the Valley Medical Center that helps stroke survivors improve their strength and flexibility through golf. It’s a great day out on the links for both stroke survivors and their caregivers. This event brings much-needed stroke awareness to the Napa Valley.

Each Saving Strokes participant will be evaluated by an occupational or physical therapist. They will then receive 30 minutes of individual golf instruction by golf pros educated and experienced in the medical and physical therapy aspects of stroke recovery. Adaptive golf equipment will be available as needed. No previous golf experience is necessary.

WHEN:    Tuesday, June 8th, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

WHERE: Napa Golf Course at Kennedy Park, 2295 Streblow Drive, Napa

 

The event will also provide caregivers with valuable resources available to them in our community. A delicious free lunch will served for all participants.

NOTE: Stroke is a leading cause of disability in the United States, as well as the No. 3 cause of death among Americans. "Saving Strokes" began in Sacramento in 1999 after a study from the University of Chicago showed that techniques important in golf – focus, dexterity and balance – are critical in stroke recovery. Saving Strokes was developed to help stroke victors understand that their disabilities do not need to keep them from playing – or stop them from learning – the game of golf.

To sign up, contact Leah Grahek, American Heart Association, 707-542-1992, leah.grahek@heart.org.

About Queen of the Valley Medical Center

Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 191-bed, acute-care facility founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services provided include: a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center, a Regional Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons, a Women’s Center, maternity and infant care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, occupational health, imaging center and full-service emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at www.thequeen.org

About the American Stroke Association

The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association that focuses on reducing risk, disability and death from stroke through research, education, fund raising and advocacy. The American Heart Association views stroke as a strategic priority because of its significant impact on the American public. The American Stroke Association offers a wide array of programs, products and services, from patient education materials to scientific statements.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a major cause of serious, long-term disability. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds. Someone dies of a stroke every 3 to 4 minutes. More information about the American Stroke Association can be found at: www.strokeassociation.org.

Queen of the Valley Medical Center was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Its mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange by continually improving the health and quality of life of people in the communities we serve.

For a free physician referral call 1-877-QUEEN LINE (1-877-783-3654) or visit www.thequeen.org


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