KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and up to 80% of them can be prevented. That’s part of the message that Good Samaritan is hoping to convey as they will be performing free stroke screenings in May.

The month of May is recognized as National Stroke Awareness Month, and officials with Good Samaritan say they want to do their part in increasing awareness of stroke, its risk factors, treatments and prevention efforts.

“We are happy to once again offer these free screenings to our community,” said Good Samaritan Wellness Coordinator Susan Yochum. “Stroke month is the perfect time to raise awareness about stroke, and also educate everyone about the signs, symptoms and risk factors for stroke.”

Appointments will be required in order to take advantage of the offer. During the screening, attendees will visit multiple booths each offering different tests.

Tests included are:

  • Blood pressure
  • Body mass index
  • Lipid profile
  • A1C
  • Carotid artery screening
  • Atrial fibrillation

Educators, registered nurses, and a dietician will also be on hand offering valuable information and hand-outs describing the different ways to decrease the risk of stroke.

Those wishing to participate can make an appointment online here, or call Community Health at (812) 885-8753