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.