Unbuckling the Stroke Belt: call to action
Stroke is a leading public health problem in the United States. The “Stroke Belt” is a name given to our Southeastern region of the United States where stroke is most common. Here in western North Carolina, we live in the heart of the Stroke Belt. That means our community is at a higher risk and stroke remains the third most common cause of death and leading cause of disability among adults. Yet, at Mission Neuroscience, we believe that with education and awareness, we can learn to live healthier and reduce the risk of stroke.
Who's at risk?
You have a higher risk of stoke if you:
- Smoke or use other tobacco products
- Have high blood pressure
- Are older (risk increases with age)
- Have African-American and American Indian heritage
- Have diabetes
- Have high stress levels
- Are overweight
- Are physically inactive
Healthy habits reduce your stroke risk
By maintaining a healthy weight and blood pressure, exercising consistently, avoiding tobacco products and managing stress, you can help your body steer clear of stroke.