The more than 200 people who attended the May stroke seminar in Downey got a real medical two-fer. First they heard a compelling presentation on the causes of strokes and strategies to prevent them from Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center’s Amytis Towfighi, MD. Dr. Towfighi is Chair of Rancho’s Neurology Department and Director of its Acute Neurology/Acute Stroke Unit. In addition, she is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at USC’s Keck School of Medicine.
They also received free screenings for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) and blood pressure provided by the RTH Stroke Foundation, and cholesterol and blood glucose screenings administered by staff from the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services’ Hubert H. Humphrey Comprehensive Health Center in Los Angeles. The total value of these screenings was estimated at approximately $100,000. The AAA screening may have saved the life of one elderly lady who it turned out had the largest aneurysm the foundation had detected in 15 years of screening and was immediately referred for treatment.