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May 5, 2014

May is National Stroke Awareness Month!

May is National Stroke Awareness Month! Did you know that stroke is the #4 cause of death and leading cause of adult disability in the U.S.? According to the National Stroke Association, 60% of strokes are caused by high blood pressure and 80% of strokes are preventable. By knowing your risk factors, you can help decrease your risk of this debilitating and sometimes deadly health occurrence. Risk factors include: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, atrial fibrillation, diabetes, tobacco use, obesity and sedentary lifestyle. Unavoidable risk factors are: being 55 or over, female, African American, family history of stroke, previous stroke.

If you or a loved one have these risk factors, Franciscan is here with resources. Learn more about the signs of stroke and why it’s important call 9-1-1 immediately at the onset of symptoms. This information and the opportunity to view a video or visit our free on-line health library is all available at FHShealth.org/strokecare. And if you need help in finding a provider, call 1-888-825-3227 or use our Find a Doctor.

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News Media Contact:

Scott Thompson
P: (253) 382-3858
E: ScottThompson@fhshealth.org