The South has a lot of nicknames. "The Bible Belt." "Dixieland." And when it comes to health, we're known as the Stroke Belt.
Studies say stroke risk in this 11-state region, which includes Georgia, is 34 percent higher for the general population than elsewhere in the United States.
The Marcus Stroke Network wants to change that. Funded by a $15 million gift from the Marcus Foundation, The new initiative brings together the resources of the Grady Health System, Emory University School of Medicine, Boca Raton Regional Hospital and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association "to help reduce stroke disability and death rates in the Southeastern United States."
We spoke about the innovative partnership with James Lugtu of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
James Lugtu, National Clinic Program Manager, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association