Stroke Awareness Month – The Stats and Five Tips for Prevention

08:00 07 May in Health, Medicine
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In honor of Stroke Awareness Month, we’d like to share some pertinent statistics and information about this all-too-common condition:

  • 12.7+ million strokes worldwide are related to high blood pressure
  • In 2013, stroke was the second most common cause of deaths worldwide, after ischemic heart disease, and the third most common cause of disability after ischemic heart disease.
  • Globally, in 2013 there were:
    • almost 25.7 million stroke survivors
    • 6.5 million deaths from stroke
    • 113 million disability-adjusted life years due to stroke
    • 10.3 million new strokes.

 

Five Tips for Prevention

  1. Healthy diet: choose healthy meals and snack options, eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, foods low in saturated fats, trans fat and cholesterol and high in fiber and limit sodium in diet to lower blood pressure.
  2. Healthy weight: being overweight or obese increases your risk for stroke.
  3. Physical activity: physical activity can help you stay at a healthy weight and lower your cholesterol and blood pressure levels. 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity.
  4. No smoking: cigarette smoking increases your chances of having a stroke. Don’t start smoking, and if you do smoke, quitting will lower your risk of having a stroke.
  5. Limited alcohol: drinking too much alcohol can raise your blood pressure and, therefore, risk of stroke. Men should have no more than two drinks per day. Women should have no more than one.

 

Stroke is one of WorldCare’s standard covered conditions that members are able to receive a medical second opinion (MSO) on within days following complete collection of all medical records and diagnostic materials. Our MSO service has been trusted for over 25 years to improve healthcare outcomes of members worldwide by connecting them and their treating physicians to the foremost medical experts at top-ranked U.S. hospitals. WorldCare’s MSO service provides members who have suffered a stroke with optimal treatment plan recommendations for recovery, with 75% of cases reviewed resulting in a change in treatment.

If you are a member and would like to initiate service, please contact us.

If you are an employer, insurer, broker or TPA interested in offering our services please contact us by emailing connect@worldcare.com.

 

Sources: http://www.strokecenter.org/patients/about-stroke/stroke-statistics/
https://www.cdc.gov/stroke/healthy_living.htm
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26505981
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs310/en/

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