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Stroke Awareness Month: Prevention and Quick Response Can Be Lifesavers

May 14, 2007

May is "American Stroke Month," an effort to raise awareness about the nation's number three killer. Sueling Schardin with the American Heart Association in Minnesota says it impacts almost 11,000 state residents a year. But, there are ways to reduce risk.

“The things you can do something about include high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, having a poor diet, high cholesterol, and being inactive.”

She adds that although stroke can be fatal, it is treatable, and the side effects can be greatly reduced if care is administered within the first three hours. She advises people to know the symptoms, and call 9-1-1 if you experience them.

“The stroke warning signs include: having sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially, if it's on one side of the body; sudden confusion; trouble speaking or understanding; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking with dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, and sudden severe headache with no known cause.”

Schardin adds thta a major focus this year is on the African American community because blacks are twice as susceptible to stoke as whites are. And, many of the causes can be addressed.

“In the African-American community there's a high prevalence of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and overweight. Just in general, the African-American community has a higher mortality rate and a lot of chronic diseases.”

She notes that stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, and, about 100,000 African Americans will suffer a stroke this year.

Seven-hundred thousand Americans have a stroke each year, and, more than 160,000 Americans die from it. Another 15 percent of those who survive one have a second stroke within a year.

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Jim Wishner/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - MN