St. Francis Stroke Seminar and free health screenings

St. Francis Stroke Seminar and free health screenings
Updated: May. 23, 2017 at 11:02 PM EDT
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(Source: Rico Mitchell/WTVM)
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the U.S. with nearly three-quarters of all strokes happening in people over the age of 65.

There are ways to prevent strokes and to lessen your chances of being a victim. St. Francis Hospital hosted a stroke seminar Tuesday night that offered free screenings and other valuable information.

May is Stroke Awareness Month and doctors from St. Francis say your first line of prevention starts with education.

"Stroke is extremely time sensitive, the faster we can be aware of a person having a stroke, the faster we can treat them, the faster we treat them the less the disability that, that person's left with moving forward in their life," said Dr. Nojan Valadi, Medical Director for the Stroke Program.

Doctors say use the letters in "FAST" to spot stroke signs and know when to call 911. Fast stands for face drooping, arm weakness, speech difficulty, and time to call 911.

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