Category: stroke

CDC Spotlights Stroke Prevention for World Stroke Day

The number of people affected by stroke worldwide has gone up significantly in the past 20 years. The number continues to increase in part due to an aging population. Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide and the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. Stroke kills more than 130,000 Americans Read More >

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CDC Recognizes Women and Stroke for World Stroke Day

As a woman, I am particularly interested in this year’s World Stroke Day focus. I am a woman and stroke can affect me, my family members, my patients’ families and women around the world. Worldwide, there are 15 million strokes each year, 10 million of which will end in death or permanent disability. Women have Read More >

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Two Initiatives Worth Their Salt: Reducing Sodium Intake in Philadelphia and Shandong, China

September 29 is World Heart Day.

Background information CDC’s 2013 Vital Signs publication reported that more than 200,000 deaths among Americans younger than age 75 are preventable. These deaths from heart disease and stroke, both primary contributors to cardiovascular disease (CVD), could be prevented through better lifestyle practices and better care. Heart disease and stroke are two of our nation’s leading Read More >

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March 10-16 Is World Salt Awareness Week

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  This blog was originally posted on CNN.com on January 23, 2014.   Almost two years ago, Philadelphia launched its Healthy Chinese Take-out Initiative with the goal of reducing sodium content by 10% to 15%. The city’s Public Health Department worked with 206 restaurants, first evaluating their menus for sodium content and then helping them Read More >

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