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Every year, 700,000 people in the U.S. suffer a stroke; that works out to one stroke every 45 seconds. Strokes are the third-ranked cause of death and the top cause of adult disability, but, according to the National Stroke Association, about 80 percent are preventable. The Rehabilitation Institute at Santa Barbara (2415 De la Vina St.) is inviting the public to learn more about strokes during a free series of five three-hour presentations held on consecutive Saturdays, beginning January 13. The series will cover the anatomy and physiology of strokes, as well as stroke prevention and rehabilitation. The series is designed for families, friends, and caregivers of those affected by strokes, and nursing professionals and recreation therapists can earn three CEUs per session. For info, call 687-7444.

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