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Published on April 27, 2017

Community Calendar: Free Stroke-risk Screenings Available during American Stroke Month

What: As part of American Stroke Month in May, specialists from University of Missouri Health Care will offer free stroke-risk assessment screenings. A screening consists of a blood pressure check, as well as a discussion of the unique risk factors associated with the disease. These risk factors can include smoking, an irregular heartbeat, high cholesterol, diabetes, diet and a family history of stroke. Each screening takes approximately 10 minutes. Appointments are not required.

Why: According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, more than 3,000 Missourians die from a stroke each year. It is the third leading cause of death and the No. 1 cause of disability for men and women. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted or drastically reduced, depriving the brain of oxygen and nutrients. The longer a stroke goes untreated, the greater the potential for brain damage and disability.

Who: Screenings are available for men and women ages 18 and older.

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Thursday in May

Where: The main lobby of University Hospital, One Hospital Drive