The Number One Cause of Stroke

Did you know…High blood pressure is the number one cause of stroke? Yet, nearly 60 million Americans have high blood pressure, and almost a third do not know they have it!

May is Stroke Awareness Month.  Every week in May we are offering health tips from the National Stroke Association:

  • Have your blood pressure checked at least once a year – more often if you have a history of high blood pressure, have had a heart attack, are diabetic or are overweight.
  • Know your family medical history; if high blood pressure runs in your family it’s important that you ask your doctor about how to control your blood pressure.
  • If you have high blood pressure it’s important to follow the recommendations of your doctor, which may include changes in diet, regular exercise and the use of medication.

Visit this link to learn more about the Comprehensive Stroke Program at Rush.

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