Monday, May 23. 2011
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), strokes, which can happen at any age, are the third highest cause of death in the United States.
In North Carolina, where the death rate resulting from stroke is nearly three times the national average, the North Carolina Stroke Association (NCSA) is ramping up efforts to improve awareness and prevention in what some people are calling part of the "stroke belt," according to association officials.
The NCSA is working with hospitals, especially those in rural areas, to implement Beyond the Hospital - designed to prevent future strokes in survivors - and the Stroke Risk Assesment Program, which was created to screen for the possibility of stroke while educating individuals on prevention.
"The Stroke Risk Identification screenings have benefited the community tremendously by allowing us to educate participants about stroke awareness, stroke prevention and the importance of knowing their numbers," said Carolyn Ezzell, community services coordinator for Duplin General Hospital in Kenansville.
True to the old adage an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, these services, if they continue to meet with success, could positively impact individual wellness and health insurance costs related to strokes.
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