In recognition of National Stroke Awareness Month, Therapy Center would like to share important details and information regarding prevention and surviving strokes.
According to the American Stroke Association, it is predicted that 55,000 more women than men will suffer a stroke this year! Statistics provided by the association regarding stroke include:
- Stroke is a LEADING cause of serious, long-term disability.
- Each year, strokes kill more than 133,000 Americans.
- Nearly the same number Americans suffer from a stroke each years as those that have a heart attack.
In data provided by the CDC, Louisiana ranks amongst one of the states with the highest number of strokes between the years of 2013 – 2015!
Fortunately, most strokes are preventable.
Eighty percent of strokes are preventable. One of the leading causes of stroke is related to high blood pressure. See an infographic about blood pressure and its correlation to stroke.
When attempting to focus on developing a lifestyle to prevent stroke, it is important to understand that there are some risk factors that are within your control and others that are not. Those factors that are within your control include and have treatment options to lower stroke risks include:
- High blood pressure
- Physical activity
- AND MORE
Knowing What To Do And Life After Stroke:
Acting Fast: Many of us have a friend, family member, or loved one that has been impacted by a stroke. Watch the 2017 F.A.S.T. Video to learn about signs of a stroke and what to do. Immediate action could save a life or prevent long-term disability.
Life After Stroke: For caretakers and those living with the effects of stroke, the American Stroke Association provides wonderful guides on what to expect and how you can make adjustments to try to return to your prior activities.
Let’s work together to reduce the impact stroke has on our nation!
To learn more about stroke, visit the American Stroke Association