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Stroke Prevention & Thyroid Screening - Monday, 1/28/19

Nutley Health Department Recognizes January as Thyroid Awareness Month

To make an appointment for the blood drive please call 201-251-3703

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Commissioner Steven Rogers announced that The Nutley Health Department will be providing a Stroke Prevention and Thyroid Screening, in recognition of January being designated as Thyroid Awareness Month. The screening is scheduled for Monday, January 28 2019, between the hours of 3:30-7:00pm at the Nutley Health Department, 149 Chestnut Street and will run in conjunction with a blood drive being held in memory of Nutley resident and business owner, Keith Jaret. For an appointment please call 973-284-4976. The cost is $30.00 and is due at the time of the screening. Payment can be by cash, check or credit card.

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 buildup 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 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.

To make an appointment for the blood drive please call 201-251-3703 or visit https://donor.cbsblood.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/47751

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