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Author Topic: It's key to get help quick  (Read 7846 times)

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It's key to get help quick
« on: June 23, 2015, 04:51:15 pm »
It's well established that the African-American community has a higher incidence of stroke--as well as death related to stroke. In addition, strokes are more severe in women, and the mortality rate one month after a stroke is higher among women than men. While race and gender are non-modifiable risk factors, there are many steps you can take to greatly reduce your chance of having a stroke.

Remember that prevention is key. For this reason, we've held a number of outreach events in New York City--at churches involving the African-American community and in Times Square--where people can learn about their own risk factors, have their blood pressure taken and gather information to share with family and friends.

Undoubtedly, the word "stroke" is scary. Nobody wants to think they could suffer a stroke and end up with a disability. We want to get the word out that many people who suffer strokes are able to return to being functional, happy people.

Nonetheless, we must emphasize the importance of prevention and quick response to stroke. Thus we talk about two key issues when it comes to stroke: First, what to do immediately if a stroke occurs; and second, what are the best ways to minimize your chances of having a stroke to begin with.



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