May is National Stroke Awareness Month
The health information featured on this page includes Stroke, Heart Disease & Diabetes .
Quick Facts About Stroke
- Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain
- A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot, or bursts (or ruptures)
- When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs,
and brain cells die
- About 40 percent of stroke deaths occur in males, and 60 percent in females
- African Americans' risk of having a first stroke is nearly twice that of whites
- The country's highest death rates due to stroke are in the southeastern United States
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Billions of dollars are spent every year in the U.S. on medications that reduce the risk of heart disease—the No.1 killer in Florida.
Heart disease accounts for 3 out of 10 deaths in Florida and in 2014 there were 42,835 heart attack hospitalizations, or an average of 117 heart attack hospitalizations each day. About half of all Americans have at least one of these three risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking. By eliminating these risk factors and others we can take steps to reduce heart disease related deaths in Florida.
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