Tuesday, May 29, 2012

As Stroke Awareness Month winds down

A ran across a cool stroke risk test anyone can take - taking pieces of information about you and giving you a very preliminary evaluation of your stroke risk with a new, online stroke assessment tool. Click here to give it a try.

It's from an outfit called HealthONE Stroke Care in Colorado. It looks at your current health, family history and personal history and breaks down your risk as preventable (smoking, for example) and those things you can't control, such as strokes in your family. It might help you make decisions to potential prevent a a stroke.

While this online tool won't take the place of a health care professional, it might help spur some action. After all,  nearly 800,000 Americans will suffer a stroke this year. And many of those individuals cannot identify stroke risk factors or warning signs.

(Image from the National Institutes of Health)

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