FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. (WDVM) — According to the CDC, every 40 seconds, someone in the United States experiences a stroke.
In effort to help prevent this issue, Sunrise of Bethesda offered free stroke screenings to Montgomery County residents.
The event was in partnership with Nest & Care, a local Home Health Care Agency. These screenings were available to residents of all ages.
Community members were able to receive a full examination to determine their risk factors and gain insightful information on how to prevent and handle a stroke.
“Know what your risk factors are and learn how to take control of that. I think if people can understand the risk of stroke it can help protect many individuals,” said Katharina Villanueva, CEO and administrator of Nest & Care.
According to the Mayo clinic, many factors can increase your stroke risk, such as:
- Being overweight or obese
- Physical inactivity
- Heavy or binge drinking
- Use of illegal drugs
- High blood pressure
- Cigarette smoking or secondhand smoke exposure
- High cholesterol
There will be other health events like this throughout the summer. All updates will be available on Nest & Care’s website.