The Downey Patriot, February 28, 2013
On a Wednesday at the Rio Hondo Event Center, more than 300 people attended a free stroke prevention seminar and took part in carotid artery screenings. At the doctor’s office, these screenings would have cost a total of more than $150,000. But on this day, the RTH Stroke Foundation provided the screenings for free and Mark Shelton of the Rio Hondo Event Center provided the ballroom, audio visual services and refreshments at no charge.
“We found one person who had a more than 80 percent blockage of their carotid,” said RTH Stroke Foundation President Deborah Massaglia. “Because this was immediately life-threatening, our screenings truly saved a life today.”
Stroke has become the leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. and the fourth leading cause of death in our nation,” she said. But more than 80% of all strokes are preventable, which is why the RTH Stroke Foundation and its partners, the Rancho Los Amigos Foundation, Rio Hondo Event Center and The Downey Patriot, have embarked on an ambitious program to make people aware of what they can do to prevent strokes.