African Americans and Stroke


African Americans have high rates of stroke risk factors, including family history of stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure.  But, there is hope. You have the power to fight stroke - and win!

By following these three simple steps, you can help protect yourself against stroke:
•Reduce your chances of having a stroke by learning the risk factors and working with your doctor to help reduce your risk.

•Recognize the warning signs of a stroke. Stroke is a medical emergency. Every second counts!

•Respond by calling 9-1-1 immediately if you or someone close to you is having warning signs of stroke. Then check the time. When did the first symptom start? You'll be asked this important question later.

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