CCMH offering stroke assessments next week
Stroke is the country's fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of adult disability, so lowering controllable risk factors is key.
To help community members determine if they are at greater risk for a stroke, Comanche County Memorial Hospital will offer stoke assessments by appointment from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 14 (Monday) at the CCMH Inpatient building, Oakwood Conference Room, 3401 W. Gore Blvd.
The hospital will offer a free assessment of height, weight, body mass index, blood pressure and an electrocardiogram or EKG, said Alicia Webster, CCMH STEMI (ST Elevated Myocardial Infraction)/Stroke coordinator.
"We'll do an EKGs just to see if they have Afib (irregular heart beat) going on. … that way we can refer them to cardiologists," she said, adding that cardiovascular problems is a stroke risk factor.
Other risk factors include diabetes and high cholesterol, so the hospital is offering two assessments for just the cost of the supplies a A1C and hemoglobin test for $3, and a LIPID or cholesterol and triglycerides test for $20. These two tests require no food or liquid for 8 to 10 hours before the test for the best results.
Call (580) 585-5406 no later than noon Friday (May 11) for an appointment. Those who want the additional tests, other than the free screening, need to mention that when they get their appointment.