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Mind Your Risks and Act FAST to Prevent and Treat Strokes

Tuesday, May 17, 2016   (0 Comments)

Every four minutes, an American dies from a stroke. Though we have come a long way in the prevention and treatment of stroke, it is still the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of adult disability. Of the nearly 800,000 people in the United States who suffer from strokes each year, about 75% survive, and stroke care is estimated to cost over $33 billion annually. Risk factors like uncontrolled high blood pressure remain common, and rising obesity rates threaten progress. The good news is that many risks, including high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes, can be reduced with healthy lifestyle changes and medication. When a stroke occurs, knowing the signs and acting quickly can improve the chance of a full recovery.

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