Stroke is the fourth most common cause of death in Michigan, and according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, about 137,000 Americans die of stroke every year. CDC’s statistics show 1 in 6 people worldwide will have a stroke in their lifetime, and every 6 seconds, someone somewhere will die from stroke.
October 29, 2011, has been proclaimed World Stroke Day. This year’s campaign is asking people to commit to 6 ways to reduce their likelihood of having a stroke. Stroke can be prevented and survivors can recover and regain their quality of life with care and support.
Six ways to reduce your risk of a stroke:
- Know one’s personal risk factors, including diagnosed high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol.
- Be physically active and exercise regularly.
- Eat a healthy diet that includes lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and is low in sodium.
- Limit alcohol consumption.
- Avoid cigarette smoke. People who smoke should seek help to stop now.
- Learn to recognize the warning signs of a stroke and call 9-1-1 right away if someone is suspected of having a stroke.
Stroke warning signs:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm, or leg especially on one side
- Sudden confusion or trouble speaking
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Severe headache with no known cause
Over the years, the state of Michigan has reduced the prevalence of stroke. From 2000 to 2008, the stroke mortality rate decreased from 60.3 per 100,000 to 41.9 per 100,000 – a steady decrease of 30.5 percent.
Stroke is a cardiovascular disease that occurs as a result of decreased blood supply to the brain. This condition occurs when a vessel is obstructed by a clot or ruptures.
For more on the World Stroke Campaign
Michigan stroke statistics
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