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Hospital offers free screenings
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They came, they saw, they got blood work done.
Saturday was a time to take advantage of free health screenings during the Heart Healthy Fair at River Park Hospital.
With an overall crowd estimated around 200 people, 130 of those registered for free screenings to check a wide variety of conditions from cholesterol levels to glucose.
Jay Freemon, who is director of medical and surgical in-patient rehab, was providing free stroke screenings.
“I’m doing a stroke assessment on patients to see if they are at potential risk for stroke,” Freemon said. “We want to give them some information about stroke and tell them about some of the symptoms.”
Those symptoms can include difficulty speaking, drooping of the face muscles, numbness, tingling and weakness on one side of the body, and a severe headache that hasn’t been evident before. Blurred or double vision can also be an indicator.