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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital is hosting a free men's health fair on Fathers Day weekend.

Phoebe's annual Men's Health Conference will take place on Saturday, June 14, beginning at 8:00 a.m. at Phoebe HealthWorks, 311 Third Ave.

The conference begins with registration, health screenings, continental breakfast, and education booths.

The event's focus is stroke awareness. As part of a new initiative, Phoebe is working to make the public aware of the dangers of stroke and the treatments that are available if the stroke is caught quickly.  A stroke occurs when the blood vessel is blocked by a clot or bursts (or ruptures). When this happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs which causes that section of the brain to die.

Stroke is the third most common cause of death in Georgia, and fourth most common cause of death in the United States. About 795,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke. At younger ages men have more strokes than women, and African Americans are at a higher risk than Caucasians for strokes.  

Physician-led presentations will include James E. Black, MD, of Phoebe Emergency Medicine and Ashli Alexander, MD, of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Phoebe Palliative Care. Amanda Chavers, Quality Coordinator of Clinical Care Services at Phoebe, will also be on hand to discuss the impact of stroke.


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