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Open house, free stroke screenings Sept. 13 at King’s Daughters  

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, yet most strokes could be avoided if people knew more about their risks and what to do when symptoms appear.

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, area residents are invited to learn more about stroke – and participate in a free stroke risk screening – during an open house sponsored by King’s Daughters Center for Advanced Neuromedicine. Participants also will have the opportunity to meet the specialists who treat neurological disorders.

The event is 5 to 7 p.m. in Suite 5 of Medical Plaza A, 617 23rd Street. Free parking is available in the King’s Daughters 24th Street Parking Garage.

Eighty percent of all strokes are preventable, said Polly Hunt, RN, stroke program coordinator for King’s Daughters. Large numbers of people could avoid death or disability if they treated stroke symptoms like they treat heart attack symptoms – by seeking medical help immediately.

“Prompt recognition and treatment of stroke makes a huge difference in survival rates and the quality of life after a stroke,” she said.

The free stroke risk assessment includes blood pressure, total cholesterol, blood glucose and an exam of the carotid arteries conducted by a physician. At-risk participants will receive one-to-one consultation with a physician at the event. Appointments are required and may be made by calling 1.866.432.7859.

Specialists participating in the event include neurologists Pramit Bhasin, M.D., Kathryn Guggenheim, M.D., and Jill Kimm, M.D., and neurosurgeons Clark Bernard, M.D., and Ondrej Choutka, M.D.

“We hope people will take a few minutes to meet the doctors, learn about stroke and participate in the screening,” Hunt said. “It may be the most valuable 30 minutes they will ever invest.”

For more information about the open house or screening, please call King’s Daughters at 1.866.432.7859. 

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