Bellin offers free stroke screening on March 10

03/03/2009

OCONTO — Oconto Hospital & Medical Center will host a free event designed to determine a person’s risk of experiencing a stroke.

The screenings are part of Bellin’s continued efforts to help stave off the nearly 4,000 deaths expected this year in Wisconsin from stroke-related causes. Screenings will take place at the Oconto Hospital & Medical Center, 820 Arbutus Ave., Oconto. An appointment is required to receive a free screening, which lasts about 10 minutes. Available times are 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The screening will include a total cholesterol evaluation, as well as glucose, blood pressure, body mass index and carotid evaluations. Dr. Robert Bivins will be the attending physician. Participants are encouraged to fast for 10 hours before their screening.

Risk factors for stroke include high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, heart disease, diabetes and transient ischemic attacks – small warning strokes that last a few minutes or hours but produce no lasting damage.

Stroke symptoms include sudden onset of numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; trouble speaking or understanding speech; confusion; sudden vision problems; dizziness and severe headache, among others.

Appointments for the one-on-one screening are required. Please call (920) 445-7373 or (888) 758-7373 for more information.