Abrazo Community Health Network’s hospitals are offering free StrokeCheck events in May to raise awareness about stroke risk factors, symptoms and treatments.

Stroke is the fifth-highest cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 129,000 people a year. Someone in the U.S. has a stroke once every 40 seconds, according to the American Stroke Association.

Abrazo Community Health Network is teaming up with the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association to provide community education and health screenings including glucose checks. The schedule is:

  • 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Wednesday, May 18 at Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital, 1930 E. Thomas Road.
  • 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Thursday, May 26, Abrazo Central Campus Arlene Copley Wellness Center, 2000 W. Bethany Home Road.

StrokeCheck includes glucose, blood pressure and heart rate, body mass index, review of family history and risk factor assessment, stroke education and materials and counseling with a licensed medical professional. If needed, participants are requested to bring a list of current medications and recent lab work to the sessions. For the glucose screening, please fast 6-8 hours prior to the test. If you have not fasted, the test will not be performed.

Registration is required; call 855-292-9355. For more information, go to AbrazoHealth.com/strokecheck.





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