Join us for an educational event on how to prevent the #1 and #5 killers in Baton Rouge while learning about stroke risk factors, CPR and Life’s Simple 7 ways to combat heart disease. The event will feature a 1 mile walk on the American Heart Association designated walking path at Perkins Rowe, fitness instruction, warm-ups, grocery store tours, CPR instruction, and more.
May is American Stroke Month. Almost half of all Americans cannot name one symptom of a stroke. Stroke is largely preventable. The first step in prevention is to understand the risk factors and modify personal choices, such as smoking, and lifestyle to be more heart healthy. A risk factor is a behavior or characteristic that increases the chance of stroke. There are factors that can’t be controlled such as increasing age, gender, heredity and race or the history of a prior stroke. Because there are risk factors you can’t control, it is even more important to focus on the ones you can. Controllable risk factors include high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, high cholesterol, lack of physical activity, obesity and diabetes.