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Free Blood Pressure Screenings in Honor of Stroke Awareness Month

Published May 6, 2016

Did you know…someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds? While that’s a sobering statistic, there is some good news: About 80% of strokes are preventable, according to the American Stroke Association.

Burke aims to educate the community on stroke prevention and staying healthy. One way to protect yourself is to have your blood pressure checked: three out of four people who have had their first stroke had high blood pressure, according to the American Stroke Association.

In honor of Stroke Awareness Month in May, Burke is offering free blood pressure screenings to the community. They will be taking place in the Wood Lobby of Burke’s main hospital building (Building #7) on the White Plains campus on the following days and times:

  • May 9 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • May 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  

There, you’ll be able to have your blood pressure checked and speak with representatives from Burke’s stroke program on ways to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy.

For those who have experienced a stroke, Burke’s stroke team works tirelessly to help patients make their fullest possible recovery. This includes intensive rehabilitation, education for the patients and family, as well as support groups once the patient is discharged from the hospital.  

Our inpatient stroke program is dedicated to providing the most effective, patient-centered, state of the art rehabilitative care to those who have sustained a stroke. The program provides comprehensive services that prevent secondary complications, minimize impairment, reduce activity limitations, and maximize the participation and quality of life for persons who have sustained a stroke. Interdisciplinary rehabilitation, provided by a trained and experienced team, maximizes recovery from the physical, visual, cognitive and psychological impairments caused by stroke.

To learn more about Burke’s inpatient stroke program, click here.

Burke’s continuity of care means that your relationship with Burke doesn’t end once you’re discharged from the hospital. We offer a monthly stroke support group for stroke survivors and their caregivers. The group provides valuable information, speakers, a supportive environment and a chance to meet others experiencing similar life changes post-stroke. Through discussions, participants will learn ways to help problem solve, cope, and understand more about stroke and recovery issues, including lifestyle changes that reduce the risk of stroke and promote a healthy life.

The group meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Outpatient Building, (building #8) on Burke’s main campus in White Plains.

Each meeting includes open discussion and education topics led by Roseann Cardi, RN, support group facilitator, or guest speakers. View or download the 2016 Stroke Support Group schedule for the list of topics and speakers. For more information, contact Roseann Cardi at (914) 907-7482 or email her at rcardi@burke.org.

For more on stroke education and prevention, visit the American Stroke Association.

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