PAWTUCKET – Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island will offer a free stroke risk screening event on Thursday, may 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event will be held at Memorial hospital in the main lobby, Coffee Shop, 111 Brewster Street, Pawtucket.
Event features will include: blood pressure and blood glucose screenings, nurses on hand to interpret data and evaluate stroke risk, and stroke education and giveaways.
Statistics show that 80 percent stokes can be prevented. Protect yourself and your loved ones by understanding personal risk factors and how to manage them.
All ages are welcome for this free screening. Parking is free. For questions, please call (401) 729-3857.
What is a stroke?
A stroke or “brain attack” occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery (ischemic stroke) or a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain (hemorrhagic stroke). When either of these things happens, brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs.
When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain are lost. These abilities include speech, movement and memory. How a stroke patient is affected depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much the brain is damaged.
Two million brain cells die every minute during stroke, increasing risk of permanent brain damage, disability or death. Recognizing symptoms and acting fast to get medical attention, can save a life and limit disabilities.
ause of long-term disability
The Stroke Center at Memorial Hospital
• Stroke Team responds 24/7
• Acute intervention including tPA, the clot dissolving medication that can increase chances of a full recovery
• State-of-the-art diagnostic imaging, high speed CT scan and MRI
• Stroke-trained clinicians
• EMS and community outreach
Are you a stroke risk?
Stroke in the United States
• 700,000 strokes a year
• Third leading cause of death
• Number one cause of long-term disability
Stroke Risk Factors Non-modifiable:
The chance of having a stroke approximately doubles for each decade of life after age 55. While stroke is common among the elderly, a lot of people under 65 also have strokes.
Heredity (family history) and race
Your stroke risk is greater if a parent, grandparent, sister or brother has had a stroke. African-Americans have a much higher risk of death from a stroke than Caucasians. This is partly because of a higher risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.
Stroke is more common in men than in women. In most age groups, more men than women will have a stroke in a given year. However, more than half of total stroke deaths occur in women. At all ages, more women than men die of stroke. Use of birth control pills and pregnancy pose special stroke risks for women.
Prior stroke, TIA or heart attack
If a patient has already had a stroke, there is an increased chance of having another within 5 years. Transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) are “warning strokes” that produce stroke-like symptoms but no lasting damage. TIAs are strong predictors of stroke. A person who has had one or more TIAs is almost ten times more likely to have a stroke than someone of the same age and sex who hasn’t. Recognizing and treating TIAs can reduce your risk of a major stroke. A previous heart attack also increases stroke risk for patients.