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St. Luke's Host Free Community Stroke Screening Clinic

By Ken Dey, News and Community
May 26, 2011

Each year 795,000 Americans will suffer a stroke, yet many of those strokes could have been prevented if people recognized the signs of a stroke and the risk factors.

May is National Stroke Awareness Month and St. Luke’s is hosting a free Community Stroke Screening clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 31 in the lobby of the St. Luke’s Eagle Health Plaza, 3101 E. State Street.  No appointment is necessary.

Anyone can have a stroke no matter your age, race or gender. The chance of having a stroke increases with certain risk factors, but it’s estimated that 80 percent of strokes can be prevented if people understand the risk factors and how to prevent them.

Stroke risk factors include:

  • High blood pressure.
  • High cholesterol.
  • Atrial fibrillation (an abnormal rhythm of the heart).
  • Diabetes.
  • Overweight.
  • Smoking.
  • Excessive Alcohol use.
If a person suffers a stroke, it’s critical that medical care be administrated as soon as possible.   Recognizing a stroke is as simple as remember the acronym Act F.A.S.T.:
  • F = Face Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • A = Arm Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drive downward?
  • S = Speech Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
  • T = Time If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.

About The Author

Ken Dey served as Public Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's from 2008-2014.