Muhammad Nashatizadeh, M.D.

The statistics are sobering: This year, 425,000 women will have a stroke—55,000 more strokes than men will have. Stroke is the leading cause of disability in this country. Age makes people more susceptible, as does having a mother, father, or other close relative who has had a stroke. May is National Stroke Month and time to understand stroke risk factors that you can control—such as exercise.

A Mini Heart -Stroke Walk will be held, on May 7, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center on the new Overland Park Heritage Trail, on the north side of the hospital’s campus, to help demonstrate the power of walking.  The event takes place from 11a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Although you can’t take back the years of your life or change your family history of stroke, there are numerous stroke risk factors you can control—provided you’re aware of them,” says Muhammad Nashatizadeh, M.D., Stroke Medical Director, Overland Park Regional Medical Center.  “When it comes to preventing stroke, knowledge is power—exercise contributes to losing weight and lowering blood pressure, but it also stands on its own as an independent stroke reducer.”

A 1/4, 1/2, and 1-mile marker will be on the trail that was dedicated last November. A Party on the Patio will follow the short walk, including lunch, live music, and goodie bags including items such as pedometers, wrist/headbands, sunscreen, water bottles, lip balm, etc. The public is invited to join for a $15 donation toward the 2015 Kansas City Heart and Stroke Walk, scheduled for May 30 at Theis Park in Kansas City, Missouri.

“This event is an example of how the Overland Park Heritage Trail is available to the community for relaxation and exercise,” says Kevin J. Hicks, Chief Executive Officer, Overland Park Regional Medical Center. “It is part of Overland Park Regional Medical Center’s commitment to good health and community well being.”

The Overland Park Heritage Trail, which connects from Quivira Road to the extensive Indian Creek Trail System, was cooperatively designed through a Neighborhood Trail Committee, artisans and the local historians such as The Arts Council of Johnson County and Friends of Overland Park Arts.  The trail incorporates public art, historical signage, and seating areas made from native stone—all reflecting the area’s unique heritage.

Overland Park Regional Medical Center is part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider. For more information on Overland Park Regional Medical Center, visit