National Stroke Association Presents 'The Women in Your Life Campaign' for National Stroke Awareness Month

May 02, 2006, 01:00 ET from National Stroke Association

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo., May 2 /PRNewswire/ -- May is National Stroke
 Awareness Month and we are striving to prevent a half million strokes each
 year. This brief fact sheet outlines how women are uniquely affected by
 stroke and how everyone can do something to save a life. National Stroke
 Association is available to answer any additional questions and/or put you
 in contact with the appropriate stroke expert, stroke survivor, caregiver,
     "The Women in Your Life Campaign"
      Consider these facts about how women are uniquely affected by stroke:
     *  More than 100,000 women die from stroke every year, nearly twice as
        many women as breast cancer.
     *  While less than half of strokes will strike women (43%), more women
        than men will die (62%) from stroke.
     *  African American women have a significantly higher number of strokes
        than Caucasian women
     *  Women significantly outnumber men as caregivers to stroke
        survivors (59%-75%).
     Most people are unaware of the fact that 80 percent of women, and men,
 can prevent their strokes from ever happening at all. This begins by
 talking to your doctor about stroke at your annual exam and making sure to
 do the following;
     *  Know your blood pressure
     *  If you smoke, stop immediately
     *  Drink alcohol in moderation
     *  Check with your doctor to see if you have atrial fibrillation
     *  Check with your doctor for diabetes, if you know you have it be sure to
        keep it controlled
     *  Exercise regularly
     *  Enjoy a low salt, low fat diet
     In a recent National Stroke Association poll, 30 percent of women could
 not recognize stroke symptoms, while 36 percent of men were not able to
 identify even one stroke symptom.
     It is important to think FAST when you see a stroke.
     FACE --    Ask the person to smile.
                Does one side of the face droop?
     ARMS --    Ask the person to raise both arms.
                Does one arm drift downward?
     SPEECH --  Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence.
                Are the words slurred?  Can the patient repeat the sentence?
     TIME --    If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is important.
                Call 911 or get to the hospital fast. Brain cells are dying.
     Stroke is a brain attack, it is important to call 911 immediately at
 the first sign of stroke. Time is brain and every second counts. Please
     Please contact Brian Kolonick at (303) 754-0918 or email

SOURCE National Stroke Association