Discount Drug Mart Supports American Stroke Month

Updated:Feb 26,2014

Discount Drug Promo LogoStroke is the number four cause of death in the United States. Each day, an average of 2,178 people have a stroke, and approximately 795,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke. That means, on average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds, and that number is projected to increase as the population ages. 
The first line of defense against disease is always prevention, and preventing heart disease and stroke is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s first priority. May is American Stroke  Month, so we invite you to join us in our goal to improve the health of Americans by focusing on what you can do to prevent stroke.
Knowing your risk for stroke is the first step in preventing stroke. You can change or treat some risk factors, but others you can’t.  By having regular medical checkups and knowing your risk, you can focus on what you can change and lower your risk of stroke.
Some of the risk factors you can control are: 
Diet — Diets high in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol can raise blood cholesterol levels. Diets high in sodium (salt) can contribute to increased blood pressure. Diets with excess calories can contribute to obesity. Also, a diet containing five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day may reduce the risk of stroke.
Cigarette smoking — In recent years, studies have shown cigarette smoking to be an important risk factor for stroke. The nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke damage the cardiovascular system in many ways.
High blood cholesterol — People with high blood cholesterol have an increased risk for stroke.
Physical inactivity and obesity — Being inactive, obese or both can increase your risk of high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and stroke. So go on a brisk walk, take the stairs, and do whatever you can to make your life more active. Try to get a total of at least 30 minutes of activity on most or all days.
High blood pressureHigh blood pressure is the leading cause of stroke and the most important controllable risk factor for stroke. Many people believe the effective treatment of high blood pressure is a key reason for the accelerated decline in the death rates for stroke.
For American Stroke Month, we encourage you to get your blood pressure checked to see if it is within the normal range.  Learn more about what your blood pressure numbers mean.  

While you are encouraged to talk with your doctor about your blood pressure, Discount Drug Mart has blood pressure kiosks at all of its store locations where you can get your blood pressure or glucose tested free of charge. In addition, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has partnered with Discount Drug Mart for the month of May to raise funds for life-saving research and education by selling red hearts at its retail locations.   Funds raised through this campaign will be reinvested in the community in the form of life-saving research and education. 

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Discount Drug Mart is a proud local supporter of American Stroke Month