Power To End Stroke
Power to End Stroke
Stroke is the third cause of death and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in America. It occurs when a blood vessel bringing blood and oxygen to the brain gets blocked or ruptures. As a result,the brain cells do not get the flow of blood they need. Nerve cells cannot function without oxygen and die within minutes. When these nerve cells die, the part of the body that they control cannot function either. The devastating effects of stroke are permanent because dead brain cells cannot be replaced. Each year, about 700,000 Americans have a stroke. Stroke strikes every 45 seconds,and someone dies of stroke every 3.3 minutes. The estimates of direct and indirect costs for stroke annually are near $43 billion dollars.
Jessie Ho: Power to End Stroke CoChair
“Hi, my name is Jessie. I joined SNPhA because of its mission to serve the underserved. I come from Alief, Texas, where there are mostly minorities from lower income households. I realized that many people from communities like Alief may not have access to a variety of health services and education. To become further involved with SNPhA, I decided to apply to be one of the Power to End Stroke initiative chairs. I chose this specific initiative because many of the ways to reduce the risk of stroke can also help prevent or reduce the risk of other conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension. I strongly believe that to help the underserved communities and to reduce healthcare costs, we must educate and encourage them to take preventative measures. Fun Fact: I can lick my elbows, and I can legibly write with my foot."
Sharmaine Capilit: Power to End Stroke Co Chair
Hello, my name is Sharmaine! I went to University of Houston for my undergraduate studies and entered pharmacy school after 2 years. I joined SNPhA because it provides many opportunities to give back to the community. I am one of this year’s Power to End Stroke co-chair and I’m looking forward to serve the underserved."