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Reduce Your Risk of Stroke: Take Action Now During National Stroke Month

May 01, 2019
Stroke Stats CDC 2019

May is National Stroke Month.  Did you know that up to 80% of strokes in the United States are preventable?  Use this month to prioritize healthy lifestyle choices that lower your risk. 

Stroke is the number five killer and leading cause of disability in America.  While there are some risk factors that are beyond your control (i.e. age, family health history, race, gender, etc.), take the necessary steps to pay attention to what you can control.  According to the American Stroke Association, these are the risk factors to watch:  
•    High Blood Pressure/Hypertension
•    Smoking
•    Diabetes
•    Diet
•    Physical Inactivity
•    Obesity
•    Carotid Artery Disease
•    Peripheral Artery Disease
•    Atrial Fibrillation
•    Other Heart Disease
•    Sickle Cell Disease
If you have some of these risk factors or are unsure of your risk, take the Stroke Risk Quiz now.

South Carolina had the sixth highest stroke death rate in the nation and is part of the “Stroke Belt,” a group of Southeastern states with high stroke death rates.  Stroke was the fifth leading cause of death in South Carolina, resulting in 2,627 deaths in 2016.  Although stroke deaths have decreased from 53.3 to 45.5 per 100,000 (see below), South Carolina had a substantially higher rate than the United States.

SC Stroke Deaths 2018 Health Assessment

Take the time to educate your loved ones about stroke prevention.  Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s website:  For more information about South Carolina health statistics, view the 2018 State Health Assessment Report.


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