Free Community Stroke Screenings Offered in May

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Do you know your personal risk for stroke?

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This May, John C. Lincoln Hospitals will host two stroke screening events. Hospital staff will screen attendees for risk factors — such as plaque buildup in the carotid arteries, heart rate and cholesterol levels (for cholesterol testing, attendees must follow fasting instructions) — and provide education on preventing strokes and improving your health. Physicians and health care providers will be on site for individual counseling, as well.

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or severely reduced. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die from lack of oxygen and food to the brain. However, 80 percent of strokes are preventable. Strokes are the number-three killer in the United States, and strokes are the number-one cause of adult disability.

The events will be held at the following locations and times:

North Mountain Hospital: 8 a.m. to noon, Thursday, May 9, at Cowden Center, 9202 N. Second St., Phoenix, on the campus of John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital. Cholesterol test: Fast after midnight. Medications allowed with sips of water. If diabetic you will need to fast four to six hours prior to test. When you RSVP, please specify whether your testing appointment request is between 8 and 10 a.m. or 10 a.m. and noon.

Deer Valley Hospital: 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 22, at John C. Lincoln Medical Office Building 1, 19841 N. 27th Ave., Room 400, Phoenix, on the campus of John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital. Cholesterol test: Fast after breakfast. Medications allowed with sips of water. If diabetic, you must fast after noon prior to your test.

Please note that without fasting, the cholesterol test cannot be taken. Water and juice will be available after the test.

To RSVP, call 623-434-6265 or email to ensure your spot.

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