STROKE AWARENESS-Knowledge is power!

The Certified Primary Stroke Center and Health Promotion Department at Little Company of Mary Hospital celebrate National Stroke Awareness Month with a daily tip on increasing awareness of and decreasing risk factors for Stroke.

Stroke can happen to anyone at any age. In the U.S., stroke is the fourth leading cause of death, killing nearly 130,000 people each year. Some groups are at a higher risk for stroke than others:

  •  Stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer does every year.
  • Stroke and heart disease account for one in four deaths among Hispanic men and one in three deaths among Hispanic women.
  • African Americans are twice as likely to die from stroke compared to Caucasians.

This May, National Stroke Awareness Month, National Stroke Association wants you to learn the facts and arm yourself with life-saving information about stroke. Each one of us is at risk for stroke but your risk level remains partially in your own hands—up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable.

There are many risk factors for stroke. Some, such as gender, ethnicity and age, are uncontrollable. Others, such as tobacco and alcohol use, are controllable. High blood pressure is a leading cause of stroke and should be checked yearly. Other controllable risk factors include high cholesterol, transient ischemic attack (TIA), diabetes, obesity and heart conditions such as atrial fibrillation.

As a Certified Primary Stroke Center, Little Company of Mary Hospital works with the community to help people identified their personal risk factors for stroke and implement lifestyle changes to decrease the chance that you could fall victim to this devastating health condition. Need to know where you are today with regard to risk for stroke? The Health Education Center here at Little Company of Mary Hospital has a comprehensive stroke screening program called “The Wake Up Call Screening”. This program identifies key numbers that you need to know for stroke awareness and prevention such as your Cholesterol Panel, BP, Body Mass Index and more.  Obtain $3,500 worth of lab work, ultrasound evaluation of blood flow to the brain, abdomen and pelvis, peripheral vascular disease screening and a private visit with a Wellness Nurse Educator.  Fee for this Program is $150. For more information and to register for this program call 708 423-5774. Stay tuned tomorrow for Warning Signs of Stroke.

For more information about stroke visit the National Stroke Awareness website at www.stroke.org/awareness.

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