Thursday, April 30, 2020

May is National Stroke Month

One in 5 women in the United States will have a stroke in her lifetime.1 Stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer does, making it the fourth leading cause of death for women.2,3 Surprised? You’re not alone. Many women do not know their risk of having a stroke.
These facts are alarming, but there is good news: 4 in 5 strokes are preventable.4 That’s why it’s important to know your risk for stroke and take action to reduce the risk. And you can learn more about how CDC and its partners are leading programs to help women prevent stroke.
The WISEWOMAN program was created to help women understand those factors and promote healthy lifestyles. WISEWOMAN services include blood pressure checks, glucose or A1C tests, cholesterol tests, risk-reduction counseling, individualized health coaching, or other appropriate health improvement programs. A woman who is eligible for Colorado WISEWOMAN is a U.S. legal resident (some clinics serve all women regardless of residency status), between the ages of 40 and 65, has limited or no health insurance or is on Medicaid, and has an income of no more than 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. WISEWOMAN services are provided at participating clinics throughout the state and they can be found at the WISEWOMAN website.

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