May is American Stroke Month. We can all do our part to raise awareness of the risk factors leading to strokes. The truth is that 80% of strokes are preventable. Keeping your blood pressure under control drastically reduces your risk of stroke.
This infographic from the American Heart Association explains how:
High Blood Pressure Facts:
- Normal blood pressure is below 120/80.
- Most people who have a first stroke have high blood pressure.
- At age 50, people without high blood pressure have a life expectancy of 5 years longer than people with high blood pressure.
- Stoke happens when a clot or rupture interrupts blood flow to the brain. Without oxygen-rich blood, brain cells die.
- 80% of strokes can be prevented.
- Nearly 1 in 6 American adults with high blood pressure don’t know.
- Have your blood pressure checked and keep it in check to reduce your risk of stroke.
Want more information? Learn about American Stroke Month on the American Heart Association’s website.
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