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CMHS holds Monthly Stroke Screenings at Leisure Village

Camarillo, California, 12/05/2012

Starting in January Community Memorial Health System will offer monthly FREE mini stroke screenings. Stroke is the number three cause of death for men and women, and the screenings are offered as a prevention strategy to identify and educate those who are at risk.

Participants have their blood pressure taken in both arms and are given EKG rhythm strip and carotid auscultation tests. They also are educated on the signs and symptoms of a stroke and the importance of arriving at the hospital within 3 hours of the onset of symptoms.

A stroke or "brain attack" occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery (a blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body) or a blood vessel (a tube through which the blood moves through the body) breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain.  When either of these things happens, brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain are lost.  These abilities include speech, movement and memory.  How a stroke patient is affected depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much the brain is damaged.

"Stroke screenings can help identify those with risk symptoms who may be headed for a stroke," says CMHS's HealthAware Manager, Andrea Ricketts, RN. "Through education and prevention we can raise awareness of stroke symptoms" states Ricketts.

When patients take the HealthAware Stroke risk assessment, the program considers the risk factors such as high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, family history of cardiovascular disease, over-weight, over age 50, inactivity/sedentary lifestyle, leg pain and TIA symptoms.

The FREE screenings take place the first Mondays, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Leisure Village Sun Room located at 200 Leisure Village, Camarillo. A physician from the Center for Family in Camarillo will be available at each screening for an evaluation. No appointment is necessary; walk-ins are welcomed. For more information, call (805) 667-2818.

Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and twelve family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health.  The health system is located in Ventura County, California.

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