While the remnants of Marvel’s Avengers will be assembling this week to take on the greatest threat to their Universe, our Advocacy Avengers know that the greatest threat to mankind isn’t an intergalactic alien but Heart Disease and Stroke – the #1 and #2 causes of death in the WORLD!!!
That’s why we here at the American Heart Association|American Stroke Association are so passionate about our cause! Heart Disease and Stroke simply take too many from us too soon!
Each May is recognized as Stroke Month here in Utah and across the U.S. This gives us an opportunity to help others understand an issue that is close to all too many of us – Stroke. As we have shared in the past Stroke in the fourth leading cause of death in Utah – but it doesn’t have to be! With your support we have improved the systems of care in Utah for how stroke patients are treated in our local hospitals. We took a bold step forward to improving care across the state with our important Stroke and Cardiac Data Registry legislation passed last year and with our critical Tobacco to 21 legislation this year!
One of the things that we have also seen real movement on is the recognition of stroke signs in the community. FAST, can you name them?
- Face droopiness, numbness and weakness
- Arm numbness and weakness
- Slurred speech or trouble speaking or understanding
- Time to call 911 if these or other symptoms occur
More and more Utahns are becoming aware of these signs and acting accordingly when they see them in themselves or others. But more can be done. Nationally, nearly one third of all Americans don’t know any of the signs! So, to celebrate our successes, familiarize ourselves with proven stroke prevention, educate the public on FAST signs, raise some money for the AHA – and have a little fun – we are hosting our second annual CycleNation event next month. Edward’s LifeSciences will be the presenting sponsor and the University of Utah Health Care will be providing Stroke Education for attendees.
Come join us as we help raise stroke and CVD awareness in the community and become a “Stroke Superhero”!
- CycleNation, May 11th, 1:00 – 4:00 pm @ Rebel Cycle (320 W 200 S, Salt Lake City)
- The American Heart Association | American Stroke Association is very excited to announce our second annual Cycling event here in Utah! Join us for a high-energy, endorphin-pumping ride on stationary bikes to benefit the American Heart Association: http://www.cyclenation.org/utah.
If you would like more information on these events or would like to help volunteer to help us out please contact Markel Martinez with the AHA|ASA at Markel.Martinez@heart.org!
Together our mighty Advocacy Avengers will defeat Heart Disease and Stroke – here at home and across the galaxy!