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For the 7th Year Local Hospitals Join Forces to Help Residents Identity Risk of Stroke

Tucson, Ariz. – April 6, 2010 – In the U.S., someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and, on average, a stroke victim dies every 3 to 4 minutes. These are disturbing statistics – considering stroke - the #3 killer - is often preventable. It’s easy to find out if you are at risk.

On Saturday, April 24, 2010 hospitals throughout the Tucson area will join together for a FREE community wide “Stroke Check” event. Screenings will be offered in all six participating hospitals from 8:00am until 12:00pm. No appointments are required. Just walk in!
 
Assessments may include blood pressure, oxygen levels, pulse, EKG, height/weight, blood sugar, carotid bruit, cholesterol monitoring and medical counseling about risk modification. The average screening time will be 45 minutes to one hour. Anyone planning on having cholesterol testing should not eat or drink for 8 hours prior to the test. Your personal medications may be taken with small amounts of water. To find out the location for screening at each participating hospital, parking recommendations and specific screenings available on site, call 520-872-4344.
 
FREE stroke screenings are available at the following hospitals: Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital:
Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital

Northwest Medical Center

Oro Valley Hospital

Tucson Medical Center

University Medical Center

Media who need more information or would like to preview this event, may contact Lisa Contreras at 520-349-1845.
 
“Stroke Check” is sponsored by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, in conjunction with the following health organizations: Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital, Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital; University Medical Center; Tucson Medical Center; HealthSouth; Northwest Medical Center and Oro Valley Hospital.