MU Health Care to Offer Free Stroke-Risk Screenings
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Specialists from University of Missouri Health Care’s Missouri Stroke Program will offer free stroke-risk assessment screenings from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Thursday during the month of May in University Hospital’s main lobby.
“About 800,000 people in the United States experience a stroke each year,” said Niranjan Singh, M.D., associate professor of neurology and director of the Missouri Stroke Program. “During American Stroke Month in May, we want the community to know that the risk of stroke can be reduced or possibly prevented through screenings and healthy lifestyle changes.”
A stroke risk-assessment 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 15 minutes. Appointments are not required to receive a screening.
As a Level I comprehensive stroke center, MU Health Care has expert caregivers in all areas of advanced stroke care, including diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, education and research. For more information, please visit www.muhealth.org/stroke.