STROKE PREVENTION AND THYROID SCREENING

STROKE PREVENTION SCREENING

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STROKE:  A TRAUMATIC EVENT

One of the most fearful medical problems that any person or family can encounter is a stroke.  This common malady strikes 500,000 people of various ages each year.  Unfortunately, many of these strokes occur with no previous warning.  Of those who are stricken, 150,000 die from the stroke.  Nearly half of those stricken end up with some permanent disability, making stroke the leading cause of disability in the U.S.A.  It is estimated that there are 2,000,000 stroke survivors with some form of disability, living in our country today.   Strokescreen.com, through its Stroke Prevention Screening, is hoping to significantly reduce this risk in the lives of your employees.

 A stroke is a condition where the blood supply to the brain has been interrupted.  The brain must have a continuous supply of blood, which carries oxygen and other nutrients.  An interruption of this blood supply causes brain cells to die; and with them, the functions that they control.  Some of the early symptoms that indicate an interruption in the flow of blood to the brain has occurred are: - Numbness, weakness or paralysis of the  face, arms or legs, especially on one side  of the body.- Sudden or severe headache with no   known cause (does not feel like a normal   headache).- Difficulty speaking or understanding   speech. - Sudden dimness, blurred or decreased   vision, particularly in one eye.

- Unexplained dizziness, loss of balance or

  coordination or sudden falls, especially   when combined with other signs.- Brief loss of consciousness. Any of these symptoms occurring should be considered a medical emergency and the person experiencing them needs to receive treatment immediately.  These symptoms, if they last for a short period of time (hours to days) without permanent effects, are frequently called TIAs or transient ischemic attacks.  A TIA is a strong indicator of the potential for a future stroke. Stroke Prevention Screening has been designed to find those people who are at risk of having a stroke before it occurs.  With the information that we provide, the person can take measures that can reduce a stroke.  When a person takes advantage of Stroke Prevention Screening, there are several things that happen.  A short personal and family history that relates to stroke possibility is taken.  We use this history to help identify the strong risk factors for significant and/or early plaque build-up.  Our history taking includes; family history of stroke, heart disease, diabetes and known carotid artery blockage.  We are also interested in personal cholesterol levels, smoking and high blood pressure.  As we continue to do more stroke prevention screenings, we are updating our database to try to find the strong correlation factors. 

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