2006-11-10 / Community

Stroke Screenings On November 21

Life Line Screening Radiology will be screening Rockaway residents for preventive measures against a stroke at the Elks Lodge #532, 1410 Beach Channel Drive on November 21. 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, using ultrasound technology to scan for potential health problems related to blocked arteries which can lead to a stroke, and aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta and hardening of the arteries in the legs, a strong predictor of heart disease. Also offered for men and women is a bone density screening to assess their risk of osteoporosis.

"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," said Dr. J. Crayton Pruitt, M.D. F.A.C.S.

For more information on the screenings or to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1344.

Pre-registration is required.

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