Commissioners put their signatures to a proclamation Wednesday declaring May as Stroke Awareness Month in Box Elder County at the request of representatives from Bear River Valley Hospital in Tremonton, Brigham City Community Hospital and MacKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden.
Christi Thompson said being aware of the signs of stroke is vital in knowing how to respond in if one should occur.
“Stroke is the leading cause of serious long-term disability,” she said, “and the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. In Utah, stoke is the third leading cause of death, killing about 3,500 citizens each year.”
Thompson said stroke prevalence is likely to increase by nearly 25 percent by the year 2030. The cost for treating stroke victims could increase as much as 238 percent in Utah during that same time frame.
To help avoid those increases, Thompson said, people need to realize the contributing factors that could lead to a stroke. “Over 25 percent of Utahns have high blood pressure, which is a major controllable risk factor,” she said. “Because a majority of Utahns are overweight and nearly half do not meet recommended guidelines for physical activity, they are at an increased risk of suffering a stroke.”
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