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Today is World Stroke Day!

by Allyson P. on Monday, October 29, 2012

Stroke - a non-communicable disease that attacks 15 million people worldwide every year and claims a life every six seconds – can be beaten.

Here are the facts:

  • Stroke can be prevented.
  • Stroke can be treated. 
  • Stroke can be managed in the long-term.
  • 1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime.
  • Every 6 seconds stroke kills someone.
  • Every other second stroke attacks a person, regardless of age or gender.
  • 15 million people experience a stroke each year, 6 million of them do not survive.
  • About 30 million people have had a stroke - most have residual disabilities

We are challenging you to commit to six stroke challenges:
1. Know your personal risk factors: high blood pressure, diabetes, and high blood cholesterol.
2. Be physically active and exercise regularly.
3. Maintain a healthy diet high in fruit and vegetable and low in salt to stay a healthy state and keep blood pressure low.
4. Limit alcohol consumption.
5. Avoid cigarette smoke. If you smoke, seek help to stop now.
6. Learn to recognize the warning signs of a stroke and how to take action.

Learn your stroke risk by clicking here: http://www.powertoendstroke.org/tools-risk.html

Learn how to Live a healthy lifestyle by clicking here: http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/LifeAfterStroke/HealthyLivingAfterStroke/Healthy-Living-After-Stroke_UCM_308568_SubHomePage.jsp

Every six seconds someone somewhere will die of stroke.  This year, nearly six million people worldwide will die from stroke.  One in six people will have a stroke at some time in their lives. Stroke is responsible for more deaths annually than those attributed to AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined, yet stroke remains a silent epidemic. Now is the time to act. To Learn more about World Stroke Day, click here: http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/General/World-Stroke-Day-2012_UCM_444999_SubHomePage.jsp

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