Abrazo Health’s Phoenix Baptist Hospital presents a free stroke awareness seminar and free health screenings on Thursday, March 12.

The seminar is being held to raise awareness about stroke, which is the No. 4 cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 129,000 people a year. Someone in the United States has a stroke once every 40 seconds, according to the American Stroke Association.

Physician presentations will be from 6-7 p.m., including Dr. Ahmed El-Gengaihy, a board-certified vascular neurologist, who will discuss stroke statistics, stroke risk factors, prevention, management, different types of stroke and symptoms.

Dr. Robert Cooney, a board-certified radiologist, will explain the importance of acting “F.A.S.T.” if you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms, how to treat stroke, why time is important, what to expect after a stroke and recurrent stroke prevention.

After the lectures, health experts will provide free screenings for heart rate, blood pressure and body mass index and discuss individualized stroke risks with participants.

The activities will be in the hospital’s Arlene Copley Wellness Center located in the South Building on the hospital campus, 2000 W. Bethany Home Road. Registration is required; call 855-292-9355 to reserve a seat.



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