There are an estimated six million stroke survivors in America.
What you can do to with your doctors help:
1. Have regular checkups- A doctor can pinpoint major risk factors such as smoking, elevated cholesterol or blood pressure, excess weight and diabetes.
2. Control your cholesterol - A simple blood test can show your blood cholesterol level. If it’s too high, dietary changes, exercise, eight loss and/or drugtherapy can bring it down to a safer level.
3. Keep tabs on your blood pressure – Even if it’s less than 120/80 mm Hg, have it checked at least every two years. If it’s 120/80 or above, have it checked more often, according to your doctor’s recommendations.
4. Keep diabetes in check – Your doctor can detect diabetes or a pre-diabetic condition and prescribe a program to minimize the risk.
Our 2010 calendar is filling up with Health Fairs, Support Groups, Summitts, Presentations and much more. Please visit our website events page and see if there is an upcoming event you are interested in attending.
Carr Elementary in Fulton, Kentucky recently filled their auditorium with a big screen, sound and 84 4th graders. First the teacher explained what a stroke was and what symptoms someone is likely to have if they are having a stroke. They where then showed the 3 minute animated ACT FAST video seen on our website. The 4th graders were divided into four groups and 4 children were asked to come down in front; and get each group to to cheer one of the symptoms. They remembered all 4 symptoms! Way to go Carr Elementary!
On October 1, 2009 the Stroke Awareness Foundation hosted a Cool Jazz & Wine Tastingin appreciation of the contributions of our sponsors, stroke teams, emergency personal, care givers and stroke supporters. We personally thanked each of them for the improved community awareness and the ways in which they have helped better prepared you and your family for what can be the devastating effects of Stroke. Together we celebrated that the United States can boast to having 610 certified stroke centers, 26 which are in the Bay Area and 8 in our own County.
SAF strives to improve community awareness for stroke and its treatment through advocacy, education and public awareness programs in the community.
We continue to support hospital stroke center CERTIFICATION and REDIRECTION efforts of paramedics and emergency care, as well continued PUBLIC EDUCATION of the warning signs of stroke and the need to seek proper medical services immediately.