DENVER, May 26, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper named Robyn Moore, CEO of National Stroke Association to his Stroke Advisory Board to help shape the future of stroke programs statewide and improve quality of care for stroke patients.
"Anyone can have a stroke. Stroke does not discriminate by age, gender, or race. There is no such thing as being too young for a stroke or not being in a risk group. Stroke risk increases with age, and other factors such as lifestyle and heredity contribute to higher risk factors, but no one, not even children are immune," said Moore.
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of severe disability; however, many people are unaware of the signs and symptoms of a stroke. Stroke threatens millions of lives and can have devastating effects on survivors and their families; yet more than 80 percent of strokes can be prevented.
"Every day I hear stories about how stroke has affected survivors and their families and am touched deeply by their courage and determination. It is an honor to be their voice on the Stroke Advisory Board and help pave Colorado's statewide efforts to improve stroke care," said Moore. "I also look forward to working with the board to develop strategies for prevention of Colorado's and the nation's fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability."
Moore will represent the Centennial, Colo. based National Stroke Association – www.stroke.org - which aims to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke through education and programs focused on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support for all impacted by stroke.
The 18-member Stroke Advisory Board—signed into law by Gov. Hickenlooper in 2013— each year makes recommendations to improve stroke care to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment and committees of the State House of Representatives and State Senate.
The board's recommendations, in part, will center on:
- Prevention and treatment of stroke
- Rural and urban coordination of care
- Creating a statewide database for stroke care and data collection
Founded in 1984 as the only national organization devoted 100 percent to stroke prevention and rehabilitation, National Stroke Association offers education, resources and advocacy focused on prevention, acute treatment and rehabilitation; visit www.stroke.org for more information or to get involved.
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SOURCE National Stroke Association