- John H. Potvin
Chair, RI HEARTSafe Community Program Advisory Group
To provide ongoing surveillance on the burden and distribution of stroke in Rhode Island.
Information on stroke risk factors and healthcare access.
The mantra in stroke treatment is "time is brain": the faster a stroke is treated, the less likely there will be brain damage. Thus, it is important to know the last time the patient was known to be well. RI has made headway in this, but we still need to improve stroke awareness so people arrive for treatment as soon as possible after the stroke occurred.