Free Screenings Can Assess Stroke Risk


UPDATED: Thursday May 9, 2013 5:42 PM

Nearly 800,000 Americans experience a new or recurrent stroke each year, but screenings can help assess your risk.

When a person knows where they stand, they can work on prevention through medication, diet and exercise.

A health expert recently took 10TV’s Kristyn Hartman through the screening process.

The nurse took a blood pressure reading because hypertension is something that could put people at risk.

“A silent hypertension can cause heart disease, hardening of the arteries, hemorrhage in the brain, can cause stroke,” said Dr. Michael Torbey.

Torbey said no one is immune. He’s even treated marathon runners who have silent hypertension that could cause stroke.

He also said some people ignore the symptoms when they set in.

“If they develop facial numbness on one side of the body, facial weakness, really bad vision, bad headache -- call 911 and get to the hospital as soon as possible,” said Torbey.

Experts said that how fast you react can make a difference, and what you do now, can help prevent problems in the future.

That’s why they say the goal is finding out how at risk you are for a stroke.

“We would like to get everyone to come to free screenings,” added Torbey.

The free screenings are every Friday in May, which is American Stroke Awareness Month.

They are available from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Ross Heart Hospital at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, located at 452 West 10th Avenue.

The screenings take 10 to 5 minutes each.

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