Learn if You Are at Risk for Stroke at Free Assessments

June 20, 2012

Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States, but it is preventable. Do you know if you are at risk?

Stop by the Main Lobby of Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township for free a blood pressure check and stroke risk assessment. Our registered nurses can give you tips and tools to make sure you are doing everything you can to prevent stroke. The screenings will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 9, Sept. 13 and Oct 11.

Henry Ford Macomb Hospital is designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and for the second consecutive year, earned a Gold Medal Plus quality award from the American Stroke Association’s “Get With the Guidelines” program. It is the highest level quality award attainable through the American Stroke Association.

Thanks to advanced protocols, the Henry Ford Macomb Stroke Team is able to administer clot-busting drugs in appropriate patients who arrive in the Emergency Department twice as often as the national average. The drug, IV t-PA, targets the blood clot most often the culprit in a stroke. The medication “busts the clot and dissolves it, restoring blood flow.

However, medications or other interventions won’t work if patients wait too long to get to the hospital.

FAST care is critical

Learn the many warning signs of a stroke. Act FAST and CALL 9-1-1 immediately at any sign of a stroke.Use FAST to remember the warning signs:

F - FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A - ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S - SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

T - TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Note the time when any symptoms first appear. If given within three hours of the first symptom, clot-busting medication may reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.