A Stroke is a Heart Condition – Not true!A stroke is a HEALTH condition in which the brain doesn’t receive enough blood & oxygen. The stroke is a “brain attack” and not a heart attack. However, the cause of a stroke can be associated with a heart condition that prevents the blood & oxygen from getting to the brain.
People Don’t Die from Strokes – Not True!Strokes are the 5th leading cause of death in the United States. According to the American Stroke Association, every 4 minutes someone dies from a stroke.
Most People Recover From a Stroke – Not Always True!Strokes are the leading cause of disability for American adults. Some people may recover; however more than 2/3 of those who have a stroke will have some type of disability from the stroke.
There’s Nothing You Can Do If You’re Meant to Have a Stroke – Absolutely Not True!Up to 80% of strokes can actually be prevented. You can reduce your risk of having a stroke by adjusting your lifestyle, eating a healthier diet, and taking proactive health care actions.
According to the CDC these statistics about strokes in the United States explain why awareness needs to be brought to light.
Each year, 1 in 20 deaths in the United States are a result of a stroke
Strokes cost the United States approximately $34 billion a year (medical costs, lost wages, etc.)
African Americans & Native Alaskans are more likely to die from a stroke than any other race
Stroke risk increases with age
There are 795,000 Americans who suffer from strokes each year
77% of strokes that occur each year in the U.S. are first time strokes
It is estimated that up to 80% of strokes could be prevented. Here are just a few ways you can reduce your risk for a stroke.
Diet is Important – Following a heart healthy and/or brain healthy diet is one way to help prevent a stroke. We recently highlighted the Mediterranean diet as one of the best diets to follow for both heart & brain health. The Cleveland Clinic offers these guidelines to follow for a healthy diet.
Limit Salt, Sugar & Unhealthy Fats – Because high blood pressure, diabetes, and bad cholesterol levels can all add to increased risk of a stroke it’s important to limit certain foods. These foods are all associated with an increased risk of a number of diseases associated with an unhealthy lifestyle.
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