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Determine Your Heart Health on October 29 for World Stroke Day

October 28, 2010

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are joining with the World Stroke Organization to spread the message and help people all over the world avoid having a stroke.  

This year’s theme is “One in Six: Act Now!” because one of every six people worldwide will have a stroke in their lifetime. Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in the United States and the Reduce Risk of Strokesecond-leading cause of death in the world. Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a stroke.

So, on World Stroke Day: At precisely 1:06 p.m., take the My Life Check assessment which helps you determine your level of heart health, identify risk factors and change behaviors to avoid having a stroke. Then share the link with six special people in your life. Doing so could help you save one, or more, of them.

The World Stroke Organization also wants you to Act Now by taking on these six challenges to lower your risk of stroke:

  1. Know the risk factors for stroke that you can do something about — high blood pressure, diabetes and high blood cholesterol — and work to keep them in a healthy range.
  2. Be physically active and exercise regularly
  3. Adopt a healthy diet.
  4. Limit alcohol consumption.  
  5. Avoid cigarette smoke. If you smoke, seek help to stop now.
  6. Learn to recognize the warning signs of a stroke and how to take action. 
They are:
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

If you notice these, call 911 and note the time the symptoms appeared. The Power To End Stroke is in your hands!