Toms River, N.J., May 14, 2009 – Over
800,000 people in the United States alone suffer a
stroke, or brain attack, each year. A stroke occurs
when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. This happens
when the carotid arteries are narrowed or blocked by
fatty plaque along the artery walls.
Often there are no symptoms or warning signs a stroke
will happen, but there are a number of signs and symptoms
that may indicate the onset of a stroke. Stroke symptoms
can be minimized and possibly reversed if treatment
is delivered early. Community Medical Center has been
a designated Primary Stroke Center since 2007 for adhering
to very stringent standards when it comes to stroke
diagnosis and treatment.
Some of the tell-tale stroke signs include weakness
or numbness in the face and arms, slurred speech, difficulty
walking or balancing. If any of these signs are apparent,
call 911 immediately.
On Thursday, May 21, Community Medical Center will
present a free program, “Are You at Risk for
Stroke” at noon. The program will be held at
the Lighthouse, 591 Lakehurst Road in Toms River.
Participants will learn more about stroke, the causes,
signs and symptoms, and the risk factors that contribute
to stroke. Free stroke screenings including blood
pressure, carotid bruits (listening for an abnormal
sound in the carotid artery) and lipid screening
will be offered.
Appointments are necessary to attend the program by
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