Stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. A stroke affects the arteries leading to and within the brain.
Did you know…
Someone has a stroke every 40 seconds in the U.S.
-Each year, about as many Americans have a stroke as a heart attack.
-Stroke causes more than 133,000 deaths annually
Stroke is largely treatable and most strokes are preventable
–The faster you are treated, the more likely you are to recover
-Stroke patients who receive the clot-busting drug alteplase (IV r-tPA) within 90 minutes of symptom onset are almost 3 times more likely to recover with little or no disability.
-91 % of stroke patients who were treated with a stent retriever within 2.5 hours of symptom onset recovered with little or no disability.
High blood pressure (hypertension) is the most important controllable risk factor for stroke.
-One in three American adults has high blood pressure
About three in four people who have a first stroke, have blood pressure greater than 140/90 mm Hg. Normal blood pressure is 120/90 mm Hg.
-The American Heart Association says high blood pressure is usually preventable with simple steps*, yet it kills more people worldwide than any other condition.
World Hypertension Day is May 17th, and the American heart Association wants people to check their blood pressure by May 17, 2018.
*Steps to reduce high blood pressure
-Reduce sodium in your diet -Quit smoking
-Lost extra pounds -Cut back on Caffeine
-Eat a healthy diet -Reduce Stress
-Limit alcohol intake -Exercise regularly