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World Stroke Day

by Kimberly R. on Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Did you know that Monday, Oct. 29, is World Stroke Day?  For seven years, on the popular TV show “Hercules,” Kevin Sorbo embodied the legendary half-god, half-man character from Greek mythology.  But in real life, he suffered three strokes at age 38.

As part of World Stroke Day, Sorbo is joining the American Stroke Association to urge people globally to reduce the threat of stroke in their lives and the lives of loved ones. Sorbo chronicles his stroke journey in True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life.

The day’s theme — “Because I Care” — celebrates survivors and caregivers and their actions and hope to overcome stroke.

Stroke is the second-leading cause of death in the world behind heart disease, killing one in six people. In the United States, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and someone dies of a stroke every three to four minutes. But stroke is preventable, treatable and beatable. There is help and hope. The American Stroke Association empowers you and your loved ones to prevent stroke through knowledge, action and hope. Our valuable tools and resources help stroke survivors and their families make the most of their lives.

Learn your stroke risk.

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