Howard Yonas, MD
Howard Yonas, MD, is chair of the UNM Department of Neurosurgery.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – UNM stroke expert Howard Yonas, MD, chair of Department of Neurosurgery in UNM’s School of Medicine, will offer a community talk followed by a “bench-to-bedside” interview with KOAT-TV medical editor and local cardiologist Dr. Barry Ramo. The interactive, public event is slated Monday, Jan. 12, 6:30-7:45 p.m. in Albuquerque Academy’s Simms Auditorium, 6400 Wyoming Blvd. NE. The talk, part of the UNM School of Medicine’s 50th anniversary, is free and open to the public, but please register at aa.edu under "Community Academy.""

Yonas and Ramo will discuss both common and complex neurological issues that affect all New Mexicans – like stroke – and fascinating new approaches UNM has developed to care for patients. They’ll also discuss a unique approach to treating back pain at the state's only endoscopic back surgery center and new seizure treatments, and take questions from the audience.

Attendees will learn about UNM’s new ACCESS Telehealth program, a $15-million federally funded grant to provide instantaneous neurosurgical consultations for patients throughout New Mexico. UNM is installing a network of low-cost, high-definition conferencing equipment in emergency rooms throughout the state, enabling UNM neurosurgeons and neurologists to provide real-time, face-to-face consultations via the internet with doctors, patients and their families who live in areas that have traditionally lacked access to this type of specialized care.

ABOUT STROKE

An estimated 67 million American adults have high blood pressure and 71 million American adults have high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. These are two leading risk factors for heart disease and stroke.

  • Every 45 seconds, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke.
  • Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability.
  • Eight people in NM become stroke survivors every day.
  • Stroke can cause disabilities like paralysis, vision and language problems, and possibly death.

WARNING SIGNS OF STROKE

  • Dizziness or loss of balance or coordination.
  • Severe headache with no known cause.
  • Nausea and vomiting that comes on very fast.
  • Confusion, hard time speaking or understanding.
  • Weakness or numbness on one side of the body.
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Trouble walking.

This opportunity to learn the latest information on stroke and heart disease in New Mexico is part of the UNM School of Medicine's 50th Anniversary. For more information on the UNM Health Sciences Center, visit our websites.