ASHLAND, Ky. – 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
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
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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