Columbia hospital to offer free stroke screenings

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 | 8:46 a.m. CDT; updated 9:30 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 12, 2010

COLUMBIA — A Columbia hospital is offering free stroke screenings next week as part of a month long awareness campaign.

The tests will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 20 at University Hospital. People can be screened for their risk of stroke and get their blood pressure and body mass index tested.

May is Stroke Awareness Month.

The American Stroke Association said approximately 800,000 people suffer a stroke each year in this country. A stroke happens when a blood clot blocks an artery or a broken blood vessel causes an interruption of blood flow to the brain, cutting off oxygen.

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