Stroke Education & Support

About stroke

Stroke is caused by disease of the blood vessels leading to the brain or within the brain. A stroke can occur when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain becomes blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs and it starts to die.

Types of Stroke

Ischemic (Clots). An ischemic stroke is most common and is caused when a blood vessel inside the brain is clogged or blocked off.

Hemorrhagic (Bleeds). This is caused when a blood vessel in the brain bursts causing blood to leak into the brain tissue and is called an intracerebral hemorrhage. Another type of hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a weakened vessel leaks into the area around the brain and is called a subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA). This is a temporary blockage of blood flow to the brain. Since it doesn’t cause permanent damage, it might seem like no big deal. But ignoring it is a big mistake because a TIA may signal a full-blown stroke ahead.

Cryptogenic Attack. Stroke results from an unknown cause.

Patient Education and Support

Wrap Your Hands Around Stroke

Stroke education series takes place on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. in the 2C waiting area at GMH. Class discussion topics include; stroke signs and symptoms, when to call 911, stroke diagnosis and type, stroke risk factors, stroke medications, and stroke rehabilitation. For more information, call (864) 455-1723.

LEAP for Stroke survivors and cargivers

4-part series providing information on various topics such as; understanding stroke, communication, nutrition, fitness, intimacy, etc. Each participant will receive a notebook to record their progress. Blood pressures are checked at the beginning of each session and a nutritious snack will be provided. Greenville Memorial Hospital, Toomey Conference Center (CC1), 4-6 p.m. For additional information, contact Rhonda Davis at (864) 455-1028.

Stroke Support Group

Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital hosts a stroke support group meeting on the first Tuesday of each month from 1-2 p.m. in the 3rd floor conference room. The meeting is open to anyone in the community. Join us for support, information and fellowship. For more information contact Amy Geddes at (864) 455-2614, or

Aphasia Support Group

Aphasia is a common effect of stroke that results in difficulty with speaking, listening, reading, and/or writing. An Aphasia support group meets the third Wednesday of each month from 3:30-4:30 p.m. (times may vary), in the 3rd Floor Conference Room at Roger C. Peace Hospital on the Greenville Memorial Medical Campus. For more information contact Alisha Holmes at (864) 455-3771, or

Seneca Stroke Support Group

For stroke survivors in the Seneca area, please join us at Trinity Baptist Church, 504 S. Oak St., on the second Tuesday of each month. For more information contact Lloyd Wedblad at (864) 873-9058, or

Brain Aneurysm Support Group

This group is led by Dr Webb, Dr Rayes, Melissa Mull, NP or Faye Blaszak, NP. It offers support for brain aneurysm patients, and families or caregivers, in an open forum setting. Patients and families share their experiences to support and educate other survivors of brain aneurysm along with their caregivers. For more information contact Faye Blaszak at (864) 797-7435.

Know Your Body Language

Suspect a Stroke? Act FAST.


ace drooping. One side of the face droops when asked to smile.


rm weakness. One arm drifts downward when to raise both arms.


peech. Slurring, hard to understand, unable to speak.


ime to call 9-1-1. If you see any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get him or her to the hospital immediately.

Hear From an Expert

Listen in as Dr. Mahmoud Rayes from Neurology Associates answers common questions about stroke.