May is American Stroke Month, and to show our support we are wearing red and challenge you to join us and share your photo on Facebook.
Our goal this month is to raise awareness on risk factors and diseases which can lead to stroke and encourage you to evaluate your own personal risk for such diseases, including carotid artery disease and atrial fibrillation.
We have put together some information on stroke and prevention to share with you throughout the month. Here are a few quick facts on stroke, but be sure to check back each week to learn more!
Quick Facts on Stroke
Stroke is the number 5 cause of death and leading cause of disability in the U.S.1, making it a serious condition.
Studies show that almost 80% of all strokes are preventable and nearly 85% of all strokes that occur show NO warning signs.
Risk factors may be hereditary, due to lifestyle choices, health conditions or a combination of all. Some common risk factors that can lead to stroke include:
- Family History
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Carotid Artery Disease
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Heart Disease
Certain diseases or health conditions may increase your risk for stroke, including:
Heart Disease and Stroke risk factors and disease that can lead to stroke.
The important thing to remember is there are ways you can minimize your risk of stroke, including:
- Healthy lifestyle choices
- Proper management of health conditions, like high blood pressure
- Knowing and understanding your risks and health
For more information on stroke prevention visit, CDC Preventing Stroke: What You Can Do.
Health Screenings Services
Medically appropriate health screenings can help you and your doctor better understand your risk for diseases that lead to stroke, including atrial fibrillation, carotid artery disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases. To learn more about health screenings that enable you to understand if you are at risk for such chronic diseases, click here.
Stroke Awareness Infographic
American Stroke Month
American Stroke Month is a national campaign launched each year by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. For more information visit StrokeAssociation.org.
1."Stroke Fact Sheet." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 19 Feb. 2015. Web. 13 Apr. 2015.