Every year, more women than men are affected by a stroke, but few know the warning signs. Ignoring key indicators could lead to paralysis or even death. Many women believe a stroke is something that happens when they’re older. But in reality, a stroke can occur at any age.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 800,000 Americans have a stroke each year. New research conducted in Ohio and Kentucky identified that drug abuse, heavy drinking and smoking may affect the heart, arteries and blood, increasing risk of stroke at a young age.
National Women’s Health & Fitness Day – September 29, 2010 – provides an opportunity for women to take a few minutes to evaluate their personal health and fitness and develop a plan to improve, such as making time for regular physical activity or eating more nutritious meals.
Heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes are preventable at least 80 percent of the time. The prescription for a healthy heart is to eat nutritious meals and exercise for 30 minutes five days a week.