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Beekman Community Center is pleased to offer a preventive health event.  Life Line Screening, a leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings, will host their affordable, non-invasive and painless health screenings on 5/5/21.  Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 
All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.  Please call 1-800-679-5609 to register Mention code "HEFY" for a $10 discount.

You could use some simple tests to help determine if a person is having a stroke:

1. Have the person smile.
2. Have the person speak a simple sentence.
3. Have the person raise his/her arms.
4. Have the person stick out his/her tongue. If the tongue appears crooked (it goes to one side), it could be a sign of a stroke.

If the person has difficulty with any of these tasks, he or she may be having a stroke. Here are some steps to follow.

First of all: Remain calm. You won't do your loved one any good if you panic.
Second: Call for help. Yell loudly or use a phone if there is one handy. Call 911 or have someone else call 911.
Third: Stay with the person. Be reassuring. Make sure he/she is seated or is lying down comfortably. If he/she is lying down but conscious, try to raise the head and shoulders slightly so he/she is comfortable.
Fourth: If person loses consciousness, help him/her to the floor: Stand behind the person and gently guide him/her down one of your legs. Lay the person on his/her back and tilt his/her head back to make sure the airway is open. Stretch the person's legs out so he/she is comfortable.
Fifth: If you know CPR, use it if necessary. If you don't know CPR, do not attempt it. You could do the person more harm than good.
Sixth: Cover the person so his/her body temperature remains normal.
Seventh: If the person has any paralyzed limbs, protect them. Prop them with pillows or blankets.
Eighth: Do not give the person any food or drink, to prevent choking. If there is a chance he/she may choke, roll him/her to one side.

By following these steps, you will go a long way to helping a stroke victim survive. Keep this list nearby and review them regularly.  You just may save a life.


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