LMH to Hold Stroke Risk Mini-Screening Event
May is Stroke Awareness Month. A stroke or brain attack is currently the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, but according to the National Stroke Association, up to 80 percent of strokes may be preventable. On Wednesday, May 22, from 9-11 a.m. and again from 4-6 p.m., Lawrence Memorial Hospital is offering a free stroke risk mini-screening to help community members learn more about stroke prevention.
This stroke risk screening includes services in which participants will complete a personal stroke risk appraisal inventory as well as having their blood pressure measured. A nurse will be on site reviewing individual risk factors with each participant. There will also be new information available regarding stroke risk and reduction as well as signs of stroke awareness.
Both screening sessions will be available free of charge and no pre-registration is necessary. Participants should enter at the hospital entrance on Arkansas Street, following signs to the screening locations.
LMH, which is certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center, recently received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® — Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.
The two-year Primary Stroke Center certification recognizes the hospital’s stroke program as a center of excellence in providing primary care for stroke patients. LMH has demonstrated proficiency in identifying patients with stroke by emergency medical personnel while en route to the hospital, having CT scanners and technologists ready to receive patients upon arrival, diagnosing patients’ types of stroke, and administering proper treatment with 60 minutes of arrival.
Ryan Jackson, Director of Cardiovascular Services at LMH, said, “With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines award and our Primary Stroke Center certification demonstrate that our staff are committed to providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients.”
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.