Carolina Pines set to host free Stroke Awareness Fair

May is National Stroke Awareness Month and stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and disability in South Carolina.
In order to help educate the community on the risk factors and symptoms of a stroke, Carolina Pines will host a free Community Stroke Awareness Fair on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m.-noon on the front hospital lawn, 1304 W. Bobo Newsom Highway, Hartsville.
The fair will promote disease prevention through healthy living, educate the community about the risk factors of stroke, provide stroke risk assessments, and information on the signs and symptoms of a stroke.
This free event will feature a free lipid panel screening, interactive education, door prizes valued at over $600, an interactive kids’ corner, a live radio broadcast from 103.3 and light hor d’oeuvres.
“We want the community to understand that time is crucial when one is experiencing a stroke,” said Ashley Johnson, BSN, RN Stroke Coordinator. “The earlier that a stroke is identified, and the patient receives medical attention, the greater chance of recovery.”
The Carolina Pines service area is considered to be part of the “stroke belt” where the commonness of stroke is higher than in other areas of the country. South Carolina is ranked the 4th highest state for stroke mortality.
“Carolina Pines is committed to providing a higher level of stroke care to patients,” said Dr. Brian Sponseller, Chief Medical Officer at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center. “We are consistently working to raise awareness in the community about ways to prevent, treat and overcome strokes.”
To learn more and to register for a free lipid panel, visit

Author: Stephan Drew

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