Stroke is one of America’s top killers, taking a life every 3 to 4 minutes in the United States. Those who survive may have significant physical and mental difficiences. So, if you could avoid having a stroke, wouldn’t you?

In an effort to educate the community on stroke prevention, six area hospitals today announced a partnership to provide FREE stroke screenings to the public on Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The event, called Stroke Check, is in its 8th year in Tucson.

Participating hospitals include Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital, Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital, Northwest Medical Center, Oro Valley Hospital, Tucson Medical Center and University Medical Center. Other partners in this community-wide effort include Healthsouth and the local chapter of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

On May 14, 2011, the public is encouraged to “walk-in” to one of the 7 participating hospitals for screenings. The screenings are FREE and takes just 45 minutes to an hour. Results are evaluated on site and discussed privately with the participant following the screening. Each year, thousands of people have participated and many have been identified as being in immediate danger of suffering a stroke. Their lives have likely been saved by taking time to be screened. For more information on the 2011 Stroke Check, the public is encouraged to call 520-872-4344.

Media Contact: Lisa Contreras, 520-349-1845