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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Several Tucson area hospitals will offer free stroke screenings for the community next weekend.

Health experts say men and women, young or old can be at risk for a stroke, so this is a good opportunity for experts to assess how likely a person is to have one.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 800,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke every year.

The CDC also reports stroke kills an average of 130,000 Americans each year. That's one out of every 19 deaths. On average, one American dies from a stroke every four minutes.

The free stroke screenings will include testing oxygen levels, blood pressure, pulse, blood sugar, and even cholesterol. For best results on the cholesterol test, officials suggest not eating eight hours prior to the test.

The following hospitals are participating in the free stroke check clinic on Saturday, April 12. Officials say it is not too early to mark it down on the calendar.

-Northwest Medical Center

-Oro Valley Hospital

-St. Joseph's Hospital

-St. Mary's Hospital

-Tucson Medical Center

-UAMC – South Campus

-UAMC – Main Campus

All clinics will go from 8 a.m. to noon. No appointments necessary. Health care officials will only take walk-ins.  No more walk-ins after 11:30 a.m.

This free stroke clinic is all thanks to a partnership with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

For more information, call (520) 872-4344 or visit: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Affiliate/Tempe/Arizona/StrokeCheck-2012_UCM_437930_Article.jsp

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