2004-06-11 / Community

Rockaway Residents Set For Stroke Screening

Rockaway Residents Set For Stroke Screening

Residents living on the Rockaway peninsula and in Broad Channel can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke on June 25.

Life Line Screening will be at the American Legion Daniel M. O’Connell Post #272, located at 301 Beach 92 Street. Appointments will begin at 9:00 a.m.

A stroke, also known as a "brain attack", is ranked as the third leading killer in the world, and the second among women. Through preventive screenings, the risk of having a stroke can be greatly reduced.

According to a spokesperson for Life Line, screenings are fast, painless and low cost. They involve the use of ultrasound technology, and scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which can lead to a stroke, aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which are a strong predictor of heart disease. Also offered for men and women, is a bone density screening to assess their risk for osteoporosis.

Dr. J. Crayton Pruitt, M.D., F.A.C.S. explained, "About half of the persons with significant carotid stenosis do not

show any symptoms before they have

a major stroke. The stroke itself is the first symptom. We cannot wait for symptoms to occur before we diagnose and treat." Each screening requires ten minutes or less to complete. A complete vascular screening package, including the Stroke/Carotid Artery, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and Ankle Brachial Index (hardening of the arteries) screenings is $125. Sign-up for a complete vascular package; include the osteoporosis screening and pay only $149.

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