HEALTH DEPARTMENT RAISES STROKE AWARENESS DURING MAY

Wed May 2, 2012

HEALTH DEPARTMENT RAISES STROKE AWARENESS DURING MAY

DUPAGE COUNTY -May is National Stroke Awareness month, and the DuPage County Health Department is urging residents to learn about stroke warning signs and risk factors.

About 795,000 Americans will suffer a stroke this year, yet most people in the United States cannot identify stroke warning signs or risk factors. Many strokes - some studies indicate that up to 80 percent - can be prevented through risk factor management.

The Health Department urges more public awareness of warning signs and risk factors. Public awareness of stroke has not improved during the past five years, but May is a time to change this startling statistic.

The National Stroke Association offers a free Stroke Awareness Resource Center with stroke educational information and ways to get involved in raising awareness.

Did you know?

  • Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.
  • Between 1998 and 2008, the annual stroke death rate fell 34.8 percent in the United States. The actual number of stroke deaths declined 19.4 percent.
  • By 2030, it is estimated that 4 million people will have had a stroke. This is nearly 25 percent higher than 2010 estimates.
  • Stroke is an emergency! It's important to learn stroke warning signs and how to respond to them. Emergency treatment may be available if a stroke is recognized fast and 9-1-1 is called.

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HEALTH DEPARTMENT RAISES STROKE AWARENESS DURING MAY