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Free Stroke Risk Assessments Offered at Community Blood Pressure Clinics

April 26, 2012

In recognition of National Stroke Awareness Month, CHANS Home Health Care and Mid Coast Hospital are pleased to offer stroke risk assessments at their community-based blood pressure clinics during the month of May. The clinics will be held at the following times and locations: 

  • Wed.,        May 2      10-11am           Freeport Community Services, 53 Depot St., Freeport
  • Monday,    May 14   11am-12noon       Westrum House,  22 Union Street, Topsham
  • Tuesday,   May   8     2-2:30pm          Dike’s Landing, Bath Housing, 20 Dike's Landing Road, Bath
  • Tuesday,   May   8     5-6pm              Bath United Church of Christ, 150 Congress Ave., Bath
  • Wed.,        May 16    10-11:30am       Mid Coast Hunger Prevention, 84A Union Street, Brunswick
  • Thursday,  May 17   11:30am-1pm      People Plus, 35 Union Street, Brunswick
  • Friday,      May 25    9:30-10:30am     Pejepscot Terrace, 36 Pejepscot Terrace, Brunswick

According to the American Stroke Association, strokes are the 4th leading cause of death in America. Those who survive a stroke can be left with life altering disabilities. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel is either blocked by a clot, or bursts which limits or cuts off blood to an area of the brain. When the supply of blood is limited or cut off to the brain, it can start to die, which causes the symptoms of a stroke and damage to the brain. It is important for everyone to understand the signs and symptoms of a stroke: sudden numbness in the face, arm, or leg, slurred speech, blurred vision, dizziness or loss of balance, or severe headache. Any one of these warning signs is a reason to call 9-1-1.

Most strokes can be prevented; however many people do not know if they are at risk. A stroke risk assessment can help individuals understand if they are at risk for having a stroke. During the assessment nurses will ask about risk factors that can be reduced like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or tobacco use. The nurses will also assess for risk factors that may be inherited like a family history of stroke or heart disease.  For more information about the clinics please call CHANS Home Health Care at (207) 729-6782.

Stroke Risk Assessments are also available at the Mid Coast Hospital Blood pressure clinics on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. – Noon in the Community Resource Room near the Emergency Department.

CHANS Home Health Care is full service, non-profit, Joint Commission Accredited agency providing skilled home health, hospice, private duty care services, and an array of community-based wellness clinics and support services in Mid Coast Maine.  CHANS is an affiliate of Mid Coast Health Services.

Contact:  Amy C. Berube, LMSW, Community Health Liaison, CHANS Home Health Care, 207-721-1278 work, 207-721-1230 fax, aberube@midcoasthealth.com

 
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