Bellin Health offers free stroke screening May 16, 23

05/03/2012

DE PERE — Bellin Health Family Medical Center-De Pere East will hold free stroke screenings on Wednesday, May 16 and Wednesday, May 23.

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 Bellin Health Family Medical Center-De Pere East, 555 Red Bird Circle, De Pere. 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. Ronelle Moe will be the attending physician. A minimum 10-hour fast is required for meaningful results. Water and morning medication are encouraged.

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.