National Go Red for Women Day

The Morning Show

Dr. Jennifer Ash, Vascular Surgeon from Christie Clinic, joins the Morning Show to discuss the American Heart Association’s national movement to end heart disease and stroke in women.

Because stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States, you probably have a friend or family member who has suffered from it. Due to a family history or other risk factors, even a woman who has always thought of herself as perfectly healthy can find herself suddenly experiencing the symptoms of stroke.

About 795,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke. That means, on average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds.

Stroke kills more than 137,000 people a year. That’s about 1 of every 18 deaths.

On average, someone dies of stroke every four minutes.

About 40 percent of stroke deaths occur in males, and 60 percent in females.

What is a stroke?

A stroke happens when either a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot or the vessel bursts. When either of these occur, the brain does not receive the oxygen-rich blood it needs and brain cells begin to die, and quickly.

Signs and Symptoms:

· High blood pressure
· Smoking
· Diabetes
· Diet
· Physical Activity
· Obesity
· High Blood Cholesterol
· Carotid Artery Disease
· Peripheral Artery Disease
· Atrial Fibrillation
· Sickle Cell Disease
· Other Heart Disease

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