Each year about 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke in the United States making stroke the fifth leading cause of death and a major cause of adult disability. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that brings oxygen and nutrients to the brain bursts or is clogged by a blood clot or some other particle. Because of this rupture or blockage, part of the brain doesn’t get the blood and oxygen it needs. Deprived of oxygen, nerve cells in the affected area of the brain die within minutes.
The Gunderson Rehabilitation Center, located on the sixth floor of Lehigh Valley Hospital(LVH)–Hazleton, will host a free stroke screening on Thursday, May 19, from 9 a. m. -noon.. Participants will have their blood pressure and pulse taken and the staff will review medical and family health history to assess the risk of stroke. A carotid Doppler–which is a type of ultrasound of the neck that uses high-frequency sound waves to view carotid artery functioning will also be performed. The screening is free, but space is limited. Advance registration is required. Call 570-501-4632 to register or for additional information.
LVH–Hazleton was the first hospital in Northeast Pennsylvania to be accredited as a Primary Stroke Center. As a stroke center, patients receive high quality care including our Stroke Alert emergency services, inpatient care, surgical intervention (if necessary), and inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services as required.