2006-05-12 / Community

Stroke Screening In Far Rockaway, May 20

Residents living in and around the Far Rockaway community can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke. Life Line Screening Radiology will be at the Elks Lodge #532, 1410 Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway, on Saturday, May 20. Appointments will begin at 9 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. 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, MD., 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." Pre-registration is required. For more information regarding the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1344.

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