May is Stroke and High Blood Pressure Awareness Month
IASIS Healthcare, along with The National Stroke Association and American Stroke Association, is raising awareness that stroke can happen to anyone, at any age and at any time. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S., striking nearly 800,000 and killing nearly 130,000 people each year.
There is a disturbing trend toward increasing stroke incidence at younger ages. Over the last decade, there has been a 44% spike in the number of young Americans (under 45 years) hospitalized due to stroke.
The American Stroke Association reports that:
- Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke.
- Every four minutes, someone dies of stroke.
- Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability and the leading preventable cause of disability.
- More women than men have strokes each year, in part because women live longer.
- African-Americans are more impacted by stroke than any other racial group within the American population.
- High blood pressure is the single most important risk factor and No. 1 cause of stroke.
- 80% OF ALL STROKES CAN BE PREVENTED. A healthy lifestyle plays a big part in decreasing stroke risk.
Stroke is a serious medical emergency. Remembering the Act F.A.S.T message can help easily identify stroke symptoms:
F= Face. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A= Arms. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S= Speech. Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
T= Time. If you observe any of these signs, it’s time to call 9-1-1.
IASIS Healthcare hospitals and clinics are taking action to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke by hosting and/or participating in American Stroke Month events around the country.
IASIS HEALTHCARE ARIZONA
IASIS Healthcare Arizona is partnering with the American Heart Association to offer free StrokeChecks. To reserve a StrokeCheck on May 9 or May 11, call 1-877-740-WELL (9355).
StrokeCheck Event Tuesday, May 9 | 9 a.m.-Noon
Mountain Vista Medical Center, 1301 S. Crismon Rd., Mesa. Event includes “Stroke Awareness & Prevention” seminar, led by Farrukh Qureshi, M.D. (RSVP)
StrokeCheck Event Thursday, May 11 | 9 a.m.-Noon
IASIS Healthcare Multi Specialty Clinic, 230 S. 3rd St., Phoenix (Talking Stick Resort Arena lot) Event includes special appearances by Phoenix Mercury’s Scorch and Phoenix Suns’ Hip Hop Squad!
ST. JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER Houston, TX
UT Health Stomp out Stroke Festival
Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
LOCATION: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX
Free health screenings, fitness & nutrition demonstrations, family-friendly entertainment, giveaways, door prizes and music by DJ Pancake. Special Guest & Emcee José Griñan, FOX 26. Co-Emcee Lady MaCallan. For more event information, visit strokefestival.org.
SOUTHWEST GENERAL HOSPITAL San Antonio, TX
AngioScreen Event Thursday, May 18
AngioScreen is a non-invasive preventative heart and stroke risk screening that can be completed in less than 15 minutes.
LOCATION: Southwest General Hosptial, Parking Lot. 7400 Barlite Boulevard, San Antonio
TIME: Appointments are available from 9AM-4PM.
COST: $50.00 per participant
To schedule an AngioScreen appointment, call 877-215-9355.
WADLEY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER Texarkana, TX
Wadley Scan Mobile Risk Assessment Event
Wednesday, May 3 – 9AM-3PM – $39.95 per person/scan.
Contact: (903) 798-8874 or visit Wadley Regional Medical Center online for more information.
GLENWOOD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER West Monroe, LA
Let’s Unite! Go Red For Women Event Luncheon
Thursday, May 25 at the West Monroe Convention Center. Event information and online registration at the Northeast Louisiana Go Red For Women website.