CDC: October 25, 2013
Approximately 795,000 strokes occur each year in the United States. A leading cause of disability, stroke occurs among all age groups, including newborns, children, young adults, and older adults (1), and will affect one in six persons worldwide during their lifetimes (2–4). This year’s theme for World Stroke Day, October 29, is “Because I Care.” It emphasizes that stroke is preventable and the benefits of prevention should be extended to the entire family (4).
With timely care and support, most stroke survivors can recover and regain their former quality of life. Everyone should take the following actions to reduce their likelihood of having a stroke: 1) know your personal risk factors for stroke, including high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, high blood cholesterol, atrial fibrillation, and a history of having a transient ischemic attack or previous stroke and control or manage these conditions by working with health-care providers; 2) engage in physical activity regularly; 3) maintain a healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables; 4) limit alcohol consumption; 5) avoid cigarette smoke (if you smoke, seek help to stop now); and 6) learn to recognize the warning signs of a stroke* (call 9-1-1 immediately if you think someone is having a stroke). Read more