COLUMBIA - May is National Stroke Awareness Month, and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control urges South Carolinians to reduce risk factors and recognize the warning signs of stroke.
"Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability, and is the third leading cause of death in South Carolina, resulting in 2,631 deaths during 2004," said Dory Masters, director of DHEC's Division of Cardiovascular Health. "There are several ways you can reduce your risk of stroke. Get your blood pressure checked and if it is high, work with your doctor to get it in control. Stay active, eat a healthy diet, use less salt, drink alcohol in moderation if you drink at all, get your cholesterol level checked and stay smoke-free."
"DHEC's Division of Cardiovascular Health works with community partners and healthcare systems to improve the cardiovascular health and quality of life of South Carolinians," Masters said. "We do this through the prevention, detection and treatment of risk factors; early identification and treatment of cardiovascular diseases; and prevention of recurrent cardiovascular events."