Wilkes University


Stroke Prevention and Thyroid Screening

500,000 Americans have a stroke each year.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

230,000 Americans are left disabled from a stroke each year.

Stroke is the number one cause of disability in the United States.

Stroke is one of the most terrifying of diseases that can strike anyone.  One physician has said, "I would rather have 6 heart attacks than one stroke."  There are a number of symptoms that point to the possibility of your having a stroke.  Unfortunately, the stroke may be the first symptom.  Stroke Prevention Screening has been designed to help people learn what is going on inside the carotid arteries (where 80% of all strokes occur).  A build up of cholesterol is what causes the plaque formation that will eventually cause a stroke.  This screening is done by a trained health professional.  An ULTRASOUND WAND will be scanned over your carotid arteries (in your neck).  The screen DOES NOT use any needles or dyes.  It is completely PAINLESS!!

The risk factors that may lead to a stroke are:

  • Previous Strokes
  • Diabetes
  • Cigarette Smoking            
  • Obesity                                 
  • Family History
  • TIA (Mini-Strokes)
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Physical Inactivity

The thyroid screening will consist of looking at the thyroid gland using ultrasound.  This screening cannot determine how well the thyroid is working, however, the size or texture of the thyroid can be an indication of problems.  The only way to know how the thyroid is working is to have blood work.  We can tell if there are any nodules or cysts present.  A nodule is a potential cancer and if present, should be checked by a physician.  Only 4-5 percent of nodules are cancerous, but the earlier that it is detected, the more successful the treatment.

A stroke prevention and thyroid screening will be held at Wilkes University’s Health & Wellness Fair on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Henry Student Center.

For an appointment please call the Health Services 570-408-4730.

The cost for employees is $30.00, but Health & Wellness Services will be covering $10.00 of the fee.  Your $20.00 fee can be paid with cash, check, credit card or flexible spending card at the time of the screening.