Get a free stroke-risk assessment by Abrazo Scottsdale


(special to the Independent)

Abrazo Scottsdale Campus and Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital are offering free StrokeCheck events in May to raise  awareness about stroke risk factors, symptoms and treatments.

Stroke is the fifth highest cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 129,000 people a year, according to a press release. Someone in the U.S. has a stroke once every 40 seconds, according to the American Stroke Association.

Abrazo Community Health Network is teaming up with the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association to provide community education and health screenings including glucose checks from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 6 at Abrazo Scottsdale Campus, 3929 E. Bell Rd. in Phoenix; and 8 a.m. to noon May 18 at Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital, 1930 E. Thomas Rd. in Phoenix.

StrokeCheck includes glucose, 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. If needed, participants are requested to bring a list of current medications and recent lab work to the sessions. For the glucose screening, fasting 6-8 hours prior to the test is required, the release stated. If you have not fasted, the test will not be performed.

Earlier this year, the Joint Commission in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recognized Abrazo Scottsdale Campus as a Primary Stroke Center for achieving a high level of expertise in treating patients who arrive with symptoms of a stroke.

Accreditation ensures those suffering stroke symptoms will be able to receive the care they need close to home, avoiding a long transport to another hospital when time is of the essence, according to The Joint Commission.

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