Friday, May 10, 2019

May is National Stroke Awareness Month

May marks National Stroke Awareness Month. A stroke can happen to anyone at any age, but 80% of all strokes are preventable.

Hypertension remains the single most important modifiable risk factor, accounting for nearly 48% of strokes. With eight in 10 people experiencing their first stroke having hypertension, getting your blood pressure checked is an important first step in controlling your stroke risk.

Research has shown that unhealthy behaviors such as physical inactivity, poor diet, and smoking have an adverse effect on health and increase your stroke risk. For example, smokers have an increased risk of stroke, up to two to four times, compared to a nonsmoker or those that have quit for longer than 10 years.
Read more about Preventing Stroke Here and about Recognizing the Signs of Stroke Here.

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