Abrazo Health is offering free StrokeCheck events to raise awareness about stroke risk factors, symptoms and treatments in May, which is National Stroke Awareness Month. Stroke is the Number 4 cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 129,000 people a year. Someone in the U.S. has a stroke once every 40 seconds, according to the American Stroke Association.
Abrazo Health is teaming up with the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association to provide community education and health screenings including glucose checks. In Phoenix, events will be held as follows:
May 8: 8am-12pm, Paradise Valley Hospital, 3929 East Bell Road
May 12: 8am-12pm, Arizona Heart Hospital, 1930 East Thomas Road
May 20: 8am-12pm, Maryvale Hospital, 5102 West Campbell Avenue, Phoenix.
May 28: 8am-21pm, Phoenix Baptist Hospital, 2000 West Bethany Home Road
StrokeCheck includes blood pressure and heart rate, body mass index, review of family history and risk factor assessment, stroke education and materials and counseling with a licensed medical professional. Participants are requested to bring a list of current medications and recent lab work to the sessions. For the glucose screening, please fast 6-8 hours prior to the test. If you have not fasted, the test cannot be performed.
For more information and additional May events, go to www.abrazohealth.com/strokecheck. Registration is required. Call 855.292.9355.
Act FAST: Stroke Warning Signs
F: Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A: Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S: Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Are the words slurred? Can the patient repeat the sentence correctly?
T: Time: Get the affected person to a hospital right away to receive the most effective treatment.
Act fast and call 9-1-1- immediately at any sign of stroke.