May is stroke awareness month

Stroke is the number four killer in the nation but it can be prevented by making simple lifestyle changes.

May is American Stroke Month, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s annual campaign to increase awareness of stroke and to educate Americans that stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable.

While stroke is the number four cause of death and leading cause of disability in the U.S., many Americans do not think of stroke as a major health concern. In the U.S., 795,000 people have a stroke each year.

With simple lifestyle changes, 80% of strokes are preventable.

A free stroke risk assessment, available at StrokeAssociation.org/strokemonth, helps individuals to evaluate their personal stroke risk.

Pumping up physical activity levels is one of the easiest and best things you can do for your health. Physical activity can reduce risk of stroke by 20% in moderately active people and by 27% in highly active ones.

Learn more at strokeassociation.org or call 888-4-STROKE.