Free Stroke Screening
Posted: May 6, 2008
In recognition of May being designated national Stroke Month, Metro Health is offering West Michigan residents the opportunity to evaluate their risk of stroke and learn about stroke prevention and warning signs.
Metro Health will provide free stroke screenings and education at Metro Health Hospital, 5900 Byron Center Ave. S.W. in Wyoming, on Thursday, May 29, from 2-6 p.m. Visitors will have access to free stroke risk assessments, blood pressure and pulse checks, dietary evaluations and food samples. Cholesterol and glucose screens will be available to the first 200 people.
A recent study by the American Stroke Association shows that while baby boomers may know the signs and symptoms of stroke, many don’t see stroke as a major health risk. The risk for stroke increases at the age of 55. Controllable risk factors include smoking, high cholesterol, blood pressure and obesity.
Stroke is the third most common cause of death in Michigan, and the resulting mortality rate is slightly higher than the national average. Metro Health is a certified stroke center and was among 23 hospitals in the state – and the only hospital in West Michigan – selected to participate in a recent statewide stroke study funded by the Michigan Department of Community Health and the American Heart Association.
The screenings are free and open to the public. Directions to the screening area will be available in the hospital lobby.