Community Memorial Health System Recognizes Stroke Awareness Month with Screenings & Education

Community Memorial Health System Recognizes Stroke Awareness Month with Screenings & Education

To highlight National Stroke Awareness Month during the month of May, Community Memorial Health System is offering free health screenings throughout the month as well as a free Stroke Presentation to help educate the community and spread awareness of stroke symptoms.

  • Get a free Mini Stroke Screening by appointment. Call HealthAware at 805-667-2818 for a screening appointment on May 3, 10, 17 or 24, from 1-3 p.m.
  • CMHS Stroke Champions are offering free blood pressure screenings in the Community Memorial Hospital Ocean Tower (new hospital) lobby on May 7, 14, 21, 28, from 10 a.m. to noon.
  • Attend a free Stroke Presentation by Interventional Neurologist Dr. Nicholas Tarlov on Thursday May 27, from noon to 1 p.m. at the CMHS Wellness & Fitness Center, located at 2723 E. Main Street, Ventura.

Strokes occur when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and vital nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or ruptures. When this happens, part of the brain is deprived of blood and oxygen, destroying millions of valuable nerve cells within minutes.

Here’s what you need to know to recognize if you or a loved one is having a stroke. It’s critical to be able to tell right away so the person can get to the hospital immediately for treatment that can greatly affect the outcome. Every minute is crucial. Never ignore the warning signs of a stroke!

Signs and symptoms:

  • Numbness and/or weakness on one side of the body
  • Numbness or weakness of an arm or leg
  • Slurred speech or trouble speaking, or inability to speak
  • Changes in vision including blurred vision, double vision or vision loss
  • Dizziness and/or loss of coordination
  • Lightheadedness or feeling faint

If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of a stroke, act IMMEDIATELY and call 911 to get to the nearest emergency department right away for treatment. Acting fast is the key to a better outcome and better health for the future.

Learn more from the American Stroke Association.