Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Prevention starts with awareness

May begins Stroke Awareness Month. A key part of awareness: Being aware of ways to prevent strokes, the leading cause of permanent disability in the United States.

Turn over a new leaf: Stroke prevention starts with healthy lifestyle
He points out that, according the American Stroke Association, up to 80 percent of all strokes are preventable. But that’s easier said than done, right? After all, it takes more than good intentions to make lasting changes.

"I think there is a big disconnect with stroke," he says. "It’s the third leading killer and the number one leading cause of long-term disability, yet it’s 80 percent preventable. The question is: where’s the disconnect? I have friends with good insurance who won’t see the doctor on a regular basis."

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