2007-02-02 / Community

Stroke Screening at K of C February 8

Rockaway residents can get fast, painless and relatively low-cost screenings for stroke risk at an event next week, according to Life Line Screening Radiology.

Strokes, also called "brain attacks," are ranked as the third leading killer in the world, and the second among women, according to LLSR. The organization says preventative screenings are the best way of reducing the risk.

"About half of the [people] with significant carotid stenosis do not show any symptoms before they have a major stroke," said Dr. J Crayton Pruitt, M.D., F.A.C.S. "The stroke itself is the first symptom. We cannot wait for symptoms to occur before we diagnose and treat."

LLSR says screenings are fast, painless and low-cost. They involve the use of ultrasound technology and scan for potential health problems related to blocked arteries, aortic aneurisms and hardening of the arteries. Also being offered for both men and women are bone density screenings to assess the risk for osteoporosis. All four screenings take less than an hour to complete.

The screening event will be held at the Knights of Columbus hall at 333 Breach 90 Street on Thursday, February 8. Appointments start at 9 a.m. To schedule one or to find out pricing information, call (877) 237-1344 or visit LLSR on the web at www.LifeLineRadiology.com Pre-registration is required.

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