Stroke in America
Ways to Reduce Stroke Risk
Get enough sleep. About 7 to 8 hours a day for average adults.
Be socially active. Studies have shown people with strong social support are at lower risk for stroke and heart disease.
Eat better. Go easy on salt and processed foods high in sodium.
Be physically active. Aim for 30 minutes of vigorous activity a day. Reducing excess weight will also reduce your risk.
REGULAR CHECK UPS
Get regular checkups. Know your blood pressure and cholesterol levels-and talk to your doctor about managing them.
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are at risk for having a stroke
Women Vs. Men
more than men per year
Cause of Death
as leading cause of death for women, opposed to No. 5 leading cause for men.
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Know the Warning Signs and Act F.A.S.T.
Does the face look uneven? Ask the person to smile.
Does one arm drift down? Ask the person to raise both arms.
Does their speech sound strange? Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase; for example, "The sky is blue."
If you observe any of these signs, act FAST. Call 9-1-1.
Effective Stroke Treatments
The most effective stroke treatments are only available if the stroke is recognized and diagnosed within three hours of the first symptoms. For more information, read our frequently asked questions.