Free Stroke Screenings Offered

The Alliance Medical Group, in conjunction with the Hazleton Health & Wellness Center, will offer free stroke screenings on Friday, April 19, and again on Friday, May 10, from 12:00 p. m. (noon) to 4:00 p. m. at the Hazleton Health & Wellness Center, Suite 214, located at 50 Moisey Drive in Hazleton (across from Wal-mart).

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, stroke is the third leading cause of death in women and the fifth leading cause in men in Pennsylvania. Stroke is also the leading cause of adult disability in the United States. Stroke is brain damage caused by a blocked blood vessel or bleeding in the brain. The signs of a stroke may include weakness, numbness, blurred vision, confusion, and slurred speech.

The following five, free noninvasive health screenings will be offered:

Stroke/Carotid Artery Screening

-An ultrasound of the carotid artery of the neck that screens for buildup of plaque, the leading cause of a stroke.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening (AAA) –An ultrasound of the abdomen to detect the presence of an abdominal aortic aneurysm –a dilated area or bulge of the aortic wall. Results of a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm can be life threatening.

Peripheral Artery Disease Screening (PAD) –A simple, noninvasive screening to measure the fatty plaque buildup in leg arteries. This screening is done by measuring blood pressure at the ankle and the arm.

Heart Rhythm Screening (Atrial Fibrillation) –A quick and easy screening is performed to determine whether you have an irregular heartbeat at the time of the screening. The presence of certain arrhythmia increase the chances of a stroke. Please note that a heart rhythm screening should not be used as a substitute for an EKG.

Osteoporosis Screening –This simple, noninvasive heel scan will measure your bone mineral density to determine your risk for osteoporosis or osteopenia, a precursor to osteoporosis.

A cardiologist will also be onsite for consultation. An appointment is required; space is limited. Call 501-4AMG (4264) for appointment.