May is American Stroke Month and National High Blood Pressure Education Month
Did you know?
- 80% of strokes are preventable! High blood pressure is the most important controllable risk factor.
- Stroke kills more than 133,000 Americans annually.
- It is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability.
- Each year, about as many Americans have a stroke as a heart attack.
Anyone can have a stroke and everyone should be prepared.
It's a matter of knowing what to do, taking action and spreading the word.
By learning and sharing the F.A.S.T. warning signs (shown in the video below), you just might save a life from stroke.
This National High Blood Pressure Month, we encourage you to get your BP checked regularly. High blood pressure has a domino effect on your health, leading to stroke, heart attack and heart failure.
Let’s talk numbers! What do your blood pressure numbers mean and what is a healthy and unhealthy range?
Do you know how your blood pressure and circulatory system work?
In order to survive and function properly, your tissues and organs need the oxygenated blood that your circulatory system carries throughout the body. When the heart beats, it creates pressure that pushes blood through a network of tube-shaped blood vessels, which include arteries, veins and capillaries.
This pressure — blood pressure — is the result of two forces: The first force (systolic pressure) occurs as blood pumps out of the heart and into the arteries that are part of the circulatory system. The second force (diastolic pressure) is created as the heart rests between heart beats. (These two forces are each represented by numbers in a blood pressure reading.)
A new study shows there are knowledge gaps in getting an accurate blood pressure reading. Take a look at these 7 common mistakes that can lead to higher readings and misdiagnosis.
Important Dates in May
5/1-5/31 - American Stroke Month
5/1-5/31 - National High Blood Pressure Education Month
5/6 - National Nurses Day
5/8 – National Teacher Day
5/13 – Mother’s Day
5/14 - National Cycling Day
5/17 – World Hypertension Day
5/28 – Memorial Day
5/31 – World No Tobacco Day – Tips to quit smoking
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