Conference aims to combat stroke, which affects 800K Americans per year

FILE: Ambulance
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May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Strokes touch the lives of hundreds of thousands every year, with around 800,000 reported annually in the U.S.

Jason Gleason, a board-certified nurse practitioner with 20 years of service in the USAF/Air National Guard, lost his wife to a stroke when she was only 40.

Now it is one of the areas of healthcare that he focuses on, speaking to audiences nationwide. Jason is also the founder of the Rocky Mountain Stroke Conference, which is in its fifth year of bringing together hundreds of healthcare practitioners from coast to coast in an effort to knock out stroke, crush disabilities, and save lives.

KRLD's John Liddle talked with Jason about National Stroke Awareness Month and National Nurses Week, which runs from May 6-12.

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