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Iowa Dept. of Health: Stroke prevention is possible

May is Stroke Awareness Month

May 19, 2011
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald DES MOINES (SPECIAL) - The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) recognizes May as National Stroke Awareness Month. According to IDPH, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death for all Iowans, and the third leading cause of death for women in Iowa. In 2009, stroke was responsible for 1,627 deaths in Iowa – that’s one stroke death every five hours.

“While one death from stroke is one too many, it is encouraging that the stroke death rate in Iowa has decreased by 30 percent since 2000,” said IDPH Director, Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks. “In addition, the stroke hospitalization rate has decreased by 15 percent during the same time. It’s important to realize the risk factors for stroke are largely controllable.” The following stroke risk factors were reported for Iowans in 2009:

· High blood pressure – high blood pressure is on the rise in Iowa, affecting 28 percent of the population

· High blood cholesterol – about 38 percent of Iowans had high blood cholesterol

· Diabetes – nearly 8 percent of all Iowans had diabetes, increasing their risk for stroke 6-fold

· Smoking – more than 17 percent of Iowans were smokers, doubling their risk for stroke

· Obesity – nearly 29 percent of Iowans were obese

· Lack of exercise or physical activity – about 24 percent of Iowans reported not getting any exercise in the past 30 days

· Fruit and vegetable consumption – fewer than 19 percent of Iowans reported getting the daily recommended five servings of fruit and vegetables

Stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, occurs when a clot blocks the blood supply to the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. Stroke can affect your senses, speech, behavior, thoughts, memory, and emotions. If you notice any signs or symptoms of a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately. The chance that you will survive and recover from a stroke is higher if you get emergency treatment right away. Symptoms of stroke include:

· Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg

· Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding others

· Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes

· Sudden dizziness, trouble walking, or loss of balance or coordination

· Sudden severe headache with no known cause



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