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Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center Sponsors Free Stroke Screenings

WINSTON-SALEM – Strokes strike about 700,000 people each year. Knowing your risk factors could prevent you from becoming a statistic.

The Comprehensive Stroke Center at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is offering free stroke screenings during January to help kick off the new year on a healthy note. Our experts in stroke care and rehabilitation from our nationally-recognized stroke center will be on hand to answer your questions. The screenings are free and open to those over 40 years of age.

Stroke Screenings will be held at the following locations: Wed. Jan. 10 from 4 to7 p.m. at BestHealth, Sat., Jan. 13, at Comp Rehab Plaza from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Tues. Jan. 16 at the West Forsyth YMCA from 4 to 7 p.m., Tues. Jan. 23 at the Winston Lake YMCA from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thurs. Jan. 25 at BestHealth from 4 to 7 p.m., Tues. Jan. 30 at the Fulton YMCA from11 a.m. until 2 p.m., Tues. Feb. 6 at Kernersville YMCA from 3 until 6 p.m.

One hundred appointments are available at each location. Each stroke screening will include: total cholesterol, HDL, cholesterol ratio, glucose check, blood pressure check, counseling from experts at Wake Forest Baptist and a stroke risk assessment. In addition, some participants will receive a Doppler ultrasound screening if they meet certain stroke risk factors. Results follow-up will be provided by registered nurses. Participants must complete a consent form prior to the screening. Participants do not have to be a member of the local YMCA to participate.

For more information about our program or to register for one of our screenings, call 768-5375 or visit our website at www.wfubmc.edu.

Media Contact: Rae Bush (336) 716-6878, rbush@wfubmc.edu; or Karen Richardson (336) 716-4453, krchrdsn@wfubmc.edu.

About Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center: Wake Forest Baptist is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university’s School of Medicine. The system comprises 1,187 acute care, psychiatric, rehabilitation and long-term care beds and is consistently ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report.

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