If you could avoid having a stroke, wouldn’t you? Tucson Medical Center and other local hospitals will provide free stroke screenings during the 10th annual community-wide Stroke Check, coming up this Saturday, April 13.
At TMC, walk-in screenings will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from 8 a.m. to noon (last intake 11:30) in Marshall Conference Center, on the east side of the hospital. Results are evaluated on-site and available for private discussion.
Screenings will vary at different sites. The TMC site offers the most possible options from a comprehensive list of screenings, including:
- Carotid Doppler
- Blood Pressure
- Glucose (for best results, 8 hours of fasting is recommended)
Stroke is one of America’s top killers, taking a life every 3 to 4 minutes in the United States. Those who survive may face significant physical and mental challenges.
In an effort to educate the community on stroke prevention, six area hospitals are partnering to provide these free stroke screenings to the public on April 13 during Stroke Check. In addition to TMC, participating hospitals include Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital, Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital, Northwest Medical Center, Oro Valley Hospital and The University of Arizona Medical Center. Other partners in this community-wide effort include HealthSouth and the local chapter of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
The walk-in screenings typically take up to an hour. Many Stroke Check participants in past years have been identified as being in immediate danger of suffering a stroke. Their lives have likely been saved by taking time to be screened.
More information is available through TMC Senior Services, 324-1960, or through the community Stroke Check line, 872-4344.