MAY IS national high blood pressure Education and stroke awareness month
High blood pressure is the most important controllable risk factor for stroke, as well as an important risk factor for heart disease. May 17th is World Hypertension Day. This observance promotes public awareness of hypertension and encourages individuals worldwide to work toward prevention and control of this silent killer. The goal is to increase blood pressure awareness, which you can do by promoting educational resources and recommending your patients check their blood pressure.
If you are a healthcare provider, check out our educational resources on blood pressure screening, risks, and self-management tools. In May, encourage your patients to take at least one step towards a healthier heart by getting screened, making a change in their diet, or even going for a long walk.
Employers, including schools, can improve the health of employees by providing increased awareness on stroke risks through enrollment in the National Stroke Association’s FAST program. This program provides training materials to help educate employees on the warning signs of stroke. Check out an overview of the program and the free resources available here.
Tobacco use is another important risk factor that contributes to high blood pressure and stroke. Through the Louisiana Tobacco Quitline, 1-800-QUIT-NOW, Louisiana offers free cessation resources. If you are not already enrolled as a Fax-to-Quit provider, consider doing so today to help connect your patients to the resources they need to quit tobacco.
Did You Know?
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and a major cause of adult disability. Many factors can impact a person’s risk for stroke, including high blood pressure, age, family health history, and more. The good news? Many strokes are preventable and treatable.
Louisiana ranks fourth in the nation for stroke death rates, according to the American Heart Association.
About three in four people who have a first stroke, have blood pressure greater than 140/90 mm Hg.
Help US MOVE LOUISIANA'S HEALTH FORWARD
- Talk with your patients about their unique risk factors for #stroke. Learn more here, or follow @CDCgov on Twitter.
- Encourage your patients to learn the signs of a #stroke. Get started with the tools featured here, or follow @MillionHeartsUS on Twitter.
- Discuss #bloodpressure goals with your patients to reduce the risk of #stroke. Click here to learn more.