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HealthCheck offers free stroke awareness seminar

Seminar to be held at Park Center on April 5.

HealthCheck Screening, Inc., a nonprofit partner with American Stroke Association, will be offering a free stroke awareness seminar during the senior potluck Friday, April 5, at the Park Center in White Salmon.

The noon seminar will educate people on the warning signs of stroke and vascular disease.

HealthCheck Screening is an Oregon-based community outreach program whose sole purpose is to educate people and provide affordable vascular screenings.

"Most Americans cannot even name one stroke warning sign," said Jessica Phaup, wellness coordinator for HealthCheck, "nor do they realize that stroke is the leading cause of death in the United States."

In addition to her speaking engagement, Phaup also will coordinate advance registration and sign up for an affordable screening event to be held at the Park Center on May 7 during National Stroke Awareness Month.

"We provide four accurate, noninvasive screenings with state-of-the-art ultrasound imaging technology that can detect your risk levels," said Phaup. "all of the carotid screenings are conducted by a register vascular technologist like you would find in a hospital. We also specifically screen for an aortic aneurysm as well as detecting the level for risk of peripheral arterial disease screenings or sometimes referred as "hardening of the arteries. We will also identify and monitor glucose and cholesterol levels with a full lipid profile."

Unlike other national screening companies, HealthCheck Screening provides each of the participants with immediate results and a copy of their images on the day of the screening. The screenings are to detect "abnormal versus normal" and not diagnose, Phaup said.


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