Letter: Reduce your stroke risk this month



Every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke, which is why recognizing May as American Stroke Month is so important. While stroke has fallen from the third-leading cause of death in this country to fifth, its devastating effects make stroke the leading cause of long-term disability.

Fortunately, many of the risk factors for stroke are controllable by making better lifestyle choices when it comes to our diet and exercise.

Something we can all be aware of is our blood pressure. Overall, one in three Americans has high blood pressure, and African-Americans in particular have the highest blood pressure in the world.

Seventy-five percent of people who suffer a first stroke have blood pressure higher than 140/90 mm HG. The American Heart Association considers normal blood pressure to be 120/80.

What can you do this month? First, get your blood pressure checked. If it’s higher than 120/80, talk with a doctor about how to bring it back into the normal range. Sometimes that will require medication, but sometimes a healthier diet and more physical activity are all that is needed.

Make May a month to reduce your risk for stroke.

Dr. Jerry Smartt, Neurologist

American Heart Association Board of Directors

Carmel resident


Current Morning Briefing Logo

Stay CURRENT with our daily newsletter (M-F) and breaking news alerts delivered to your inbox for free!

Select list(s) to subscribe to

By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Current Publishing, 30 S. Range Line Road, Carmel, IN, 46032, https://www.youarecurrent.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact