JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., April 26, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- During American Stroke Month in May, the American Heart
2018 marks two decades since the American Stroke Association was founded as a division of the American Heart Association. Since its formation, the stroke mortality rate in the U.S. has declined 40 percent. More information on the organization's history is available in its 20-year progress report.
Stroke is the No. 2 cause of death worldwide—No. 5 in the U.S. Despite being a leading cause of death and serious, long-term disability, stroke is largely preventable and treatable. In fact, as many as 80 percent of strokes are preventable.
Stroke Treatment (and New Guidelines)
Act F.A.S.T.Awareness and action are key when it comes to stroke treatment. The American Stroke Association teaches the acronym F.A.S.T. to help people recognize the most common stroke warning signs and what to do if one occurs:
Most people who have a stroke have high blood pressure, so it's incredibly important to know your numbers and keep them under control to help prevent a stroke. High blood pressure often has no symptoms.
May is also National High Blood Pressure Education MonthDuring National High Blood Pressure Education Month, the AHA/ASA encourage people to check their blood pressure (#CheckIt) and give their lifestyle a checkup. People can learn measurement tips and what their numbers mean at heart.org/bplevels.
New Blood Pressure Guidelines
Common Blood Pressure Reading MistakesCrossing your legs or even talking can have a significant impact on your blood pressure reading according to the American Heart Association, which identifies seven common errors that can lead to inaccurate blood pressure readings:
The Missouri American Heart Association staff created a playful video reminding people of these seven common mistakes.
Teaching Children About StrokeThe Hip Hop Stroke program uses hip hop to teach middle school students and their parents stroke symptoms and the importance of calling 911. Hip Hop Stroke focuses on economically disadvantaged minorities, especially African-Americans, because they are more impacted by stroke than any other racial group in the United States. The program features performances by '80s/'90s hip hop artist, Doug E. Fresh.
Hip Hop Stroke is free and available for use by schools and other groups. For a sample of the program in action, watch this four-minute video.
For more information about American Stroke Month, the public is encouraged to follow/post with #StrokeMonth, #NoMOStrokes and #CheckIt on social media, and visit strokeassociation.org/strokemonth.
About the American Heart Association and American Stroke AssociationThe American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke—the two leading causes of death in the world. The organizations team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat heart disease and stroke. Visit heart.org for more information.
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