| May 28, 2012|
SPRINGFIELD According to new federal statistics, stroke has dropped from the No. 3 cause of death in the United States to No. 4.
According to the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, about 795,000 Americans still suffer a new or recurrent stroke per year and studies have shown that an estimated 55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year. Additionally, women accounted for 60.6 percent of U.S. stroke deaths in 2006.
Through its national initiative, the American Heart Association Go Red For Women movement urges women to empower themselves to make it their personal mission to beat heart disease and stroke in women. Even though largely preventable, cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death of all Americans, including women.
Stroke is a type of cardiovascular disease that occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood that it needs to function.
Although some stroke risk factors are hereditary or are part of natural processes, including suffering a prior stroke or heart attack, age, family history, gender or race, other risk factors can be changed or controlled. These factors include high blood pressure, smoking, high blood cholesterol, poor diet and physical inactivity.
The American Stroke Association recommends the following to lessen one's risk:
To learn more visit www.strokeassociation.org or www.goredforwomen.org.
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