PERTH AMBOY–As part of Raritan Bay Medical Center’s (RBMC) community outreach efforts in conjunction with the American Heart Association’s National Go Red for Women campaign, the medical center provided free blood pressure screenings and stroke information to the public on National Go Red day Feb. 3 at 13 Middlesex County locations including YMCAs and select area banks and businesses.
“Too many women die or become disabled each year from stroke and heart disease, the number three and number one killers of women,” said registered nurse Mirian Medina, coordinator of RBMC’s stroke center, “As proud supporters of the National Go Red for Women movement, we want to spread the word to women about living heart healthy and getting regular heart screenings.”
The events were held at eight local YMCAs; Raritan Bay Area (in Perth Amboy), Sayreville, Old Bridge, Woodbridge, South Amboy, Metuchen, East Brunswick and Edison and at the Old Bridge Town Hall and Northfield Bank, Sovereign Bank, and the Vitto Mazza Salon in Woodbridge and the Medical Pavilion at Woodbridge in Iselin.
Medina told visitors at the Raritan Bay Area YMCA, “The acronym FAST can be a very helpful reminder of how to identify stroke, so remember these tips:
F is for facial drooping. Your face feels numb or frozen, especially on one side.
A is for arm weakness, especially on one side.
S is for speech problems. You can’t speak or understand properly.
T is for time to call 911; the faster you get treatment, the less damage to your brain.
Phone 911 or have someone call an ambulance for you immediately, even if your symptoms disappear. Also, be aware that women are more likely than men to report unusual stroke symptoms, such as sudden nausea or pain in the face, arm, or leg.”
RBMC has a strong commitment to promoting stroke awareness and providing optimal care for stroke patients, evidenced by the medical center’s designation as a New Jersey Primary Stroke Center and its Silver Get with the GuidelinesSM achievement award from the American Heart Association
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