Washington Adventist Hospital Plans Stroke Screening Day - Adventist HealthCare

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Published on April 27, 2004

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Washington Adventist Hospital Plans Stroke Screening Day

Takoma Park, MD - Washington Adventist Hospital will hold a free stroke screening event for the community on Sunday, May 2, from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. in the hospital's third-floor Conference Center. Participants will receive a free total cholesterol and blood pressure screening.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, occurring when a blood vessel bursts or is clogged and blood is suddenly cut off to part of the brain. Stroke strikes approximately 750,000 Americans each year, killing 160,000 of them. Many strokes, however, can be prevented if risk factors are identified.

"An important key to preventing stroke is knowing your cholesterol level and your blood pressure," said Judy Lichty, Director of Prevention and Wellness for Washington Adventist Hospital. "Armed with that knowledge, you can take steps to possibly reduce your risk of stroke."

When stroke does occur, Washington Adventist Hospital's Stroke Center offers comprehensive intervention and treatment. The Stroke Center's emergency response team performs complex brain scans, assesses damage quickly and administers revolutionary new medications that can save brain tissue. The hospital's Stroke Team includes experts from neuroscience services, emergency services and rehabilitation services.

The hospital offers a full continuum of care to stroke patients with its Neurological Intensive Care Unit, Neurosurgical and Stroke Unit, inpatient rehabilitation services from Kessler-Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital (located inside Washington Adventist Hospital), and outpatient follow-up.

Located in Takoma Park, Washington Adventist Hospital is a 315-bed, state-of-the-art acute care facility. The hospital employs nearly 2,000 people and has a medical staff of 750 physicians. Washington Adventist Hospital is part of Adventist HealthCare, a non-profit network of health care providers that includes hospitals, home health agencies, nursing centers and other health care services.

Registration is required for the free stroke screening event. To register, call 800-542-5096.

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