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American Stroke Month

Did you know that stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability in Ohio? Getting medical attention within three hours of the first sign of stroke can greatly reduce the risk of disability but as many as one-third of adults cannot identify the warning signs. Throughout the month of May, take time to learn the warning signs of stroke and remember to call 9-1-1 immediately if you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms.

General Resources

Million Hearts® is a national campaign to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Launched by the Department of Health and Human Services, the initiative plans to achieve its goal by empowering people to take control of their own health, standardizing a high quality of care for at-risk patients and enacting community changes. Visit the Million Hearts® website for more resources on how to prevent heart attack and stroke.

Women have a higher risk of having a stroke and more women die from stroke compared to men. Check out this infographic from the American Stroke Association on what women in particular can do to reduce their risk.  

Do you know if there is a comprehensive stroke center near your work or home? A comprehensive stroke center is a hospital that is equipped to treat the most complex stroke cases. Find where the closest center is to you by visiting this Ohio Department of Health Web page.

People living with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have a stroke. If you have diabetes, keeping your blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels at the recommended targets can help you avoid a stroke. Read about more risk factors for stroke at this Ohio Department of Health Web page.

Page updated: 05/03/2017