Here's a surprising statistic: Although stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable, according to the National Stroke Association.
Since today marks the beginning of Stroke Awareness Month, consider making it a personal goal to review these tips from the CDC and work to decrease your risk of stroke. Better yet, if you're nearby, drop by Stanford Shopping Center on May 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a free stroke risk assessment from Stanford Stroke Center staff members.
Can't attend the clinic? Watch this video where Greg Albers, MD, Stanford Stroke Center director, discusses prevention, risk factors and advances in treatment options for stroke.