2004-05-28 / Community

PHC Hosts Stroke Screening

Contributing Editor
By Miriam Rosenberg

PHC Hosts Stroke Screening


Peggy Leschitz has her heart rate checked by Dr. Waxman. Leschitz, who works at Peninsula Hospital, stopped by the screening because she knows that at her age she is at risk for a stroke.Peggy Leschitz has her heart rate checked by Dr. Waxman. Leschitz, who works at Peninsula Hospital, stopped by the screening because she knows that at her age she is at risk for a stroke.

By Miriam Rosenberg

Contributing Editor

Every 45 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke. Every three minutes a stroke victim dies. Strokes are the third largest cause of death and are a leading cause of disability in this country.

Peninsula Hospital (an officially designated Stroke Center for South Queens) and the American Stroke Association held free stroke screenings in the Mediation Room of the hospital’s Rehabilitation Center on May 24.


Dr. Waxman looks on as McGowan screens Vicki Stroud.Dr. Waxman looks on as McGowan screens Vicki Stroud.

Dr. Richard Waxman (Director of the TBI Unit) and Janet McGowan, RNC (Nurse Manager of the TBI/Stroke Unit) screened participants for any risk factors for strokes in their medical histories and tested everyone’s blood pressure and heart rates.

Among the risk factors is high blood pressure, high cholesterol or a personal or family history of strokes, heart problems or diabetes.

Many, like Anne Lyons, came because they knew they were at risk for a stroke.

"I have risk factors in my family history and, being overweight, I thought I’d come in," said Lyons.


McGowan checks Anne Lyon’s blood pressure. Like many, Lyons came to the screening because she knew that she has several risk factors for having a stroke in her family.McGowan checks Anne Lyon’s blood pressure. Like many, Lyons came to the screening because she knew that she has several risk factors for having a stroke in her family.

Stroke warning signs include sudden numbness in the face, a limb or on one side of the body; sudden dizziness, loss of balance or coordination and sudden, severe headaches with no known cause.

Knowing the warning signs and immediately calling 911 saves vital minutes in a stroke victim receiving the medical help they need.

For more information call call 1 888-4-STROKE (1 888-478-7653) or go to www.strokeassociation.org.


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