Wellness Matters

4 Tips to Cut Your Stroke Risks for African Americans

February 04, 2015

Heart disease and stroke are major health risks for everyone, but African Americans are particularly at a higher risk.

Did you know?
  • Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 3 causes of death among African Americans.
  • Cardiovascular disease such as heart and blood vessel, claim the lives of more than 96,000 African Americans each year.
  • Risk factors such as high blood pressure tend to develop much earlier and are more severe in African Americans.
What are the four ways I can cut my stroke risks?
  1. Learn the risk factors for heart disease and stroke.
  2. Get screened — it's the only way to find out if you're at risk.
  3. Work with your health care provider to develop an action plan to cut your risk.
  4. Get up and get moving. The U.S. Surgeon General recommends at least 30 minutes or more of physical activity on most, and preferably all, days of the week.
If you're interested in learning ways to take charge of your health, click here to enroll in one of our many community education classes. And if you're looking to cut your risk of heart disease and stroke, join us at Cone Health Alamance Regional Medical Center in our LifeStyle Center.

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