According to the National Stroke Association, approximately 795,000 Americans will experience a stroke this year. Strokes are the third-leading cause of death among Americans and the leading cause of serious, long-term adult disability.
Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center offers stroke screenings as a service to heighten awareness of carotid artery disease and to help prevent its potentially devastating effects through lifestyle changes, medication, or in severe cases, carotid endarterectomy (surgical removal of plaque). The screenings are offered on a weekly basis at Memorial Hospital Cardiovascular Services at 440 Scott Rolen Drive, Jasper.
Almost 87 percent of strokes (or brain attacks) result when arteries are blocked by blood clots or by the gradual build-up of plaque and other fatty deposits. Frequently, the origin is plaque build-up in the carotid arteries of the neck.