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Mind Your Risks and Act FAST to Prevent and Treat Strokes

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 1 pm EDT

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Every four minutes, an American dies from a stroke. Though we have come a long way in the prevention and treatment of stroke, it is still the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of adult disability. Of the nearly 800,000 people in the United States who suffer from strokes each year, about 75% survive, and stroke care is estimated to cost over $33 billion annually. Risk factors like uncontrolled high blood pressure remain common, and rising obesity rates threaten progress. The good news is that many risks, including high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes, can be reduced with healthy lifestyle changes and medication. When a stroke occurs, knowing the signs and acting quickly can improve the chance of a full recovery.

To reduce treatment times and improve clinical outcomes for stroke, it is important to develop integrated systems for prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation. Programs like the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program encourage the development of such systems statewide. CDC also works with national partners like the American Heart Association and the Joint Commission to implement guidelines that improve stroke prevention and care at healthcare facilities across the country.

This session of Grand Rounds discusses how public health programs and healthcare providers are working together across the nation to identify and reduce stroke risks, and to improve the quality of stroke care and treatment.


In this session of Beyond the Data, Dr. Phoebe Thorpe and Dr. Walter Koroshetz discuss some of the risks that can lead to stroke, and what healthcare providers are doing to improve patient outcomes. Tune in to hear what you can do to help prevent stroke.

Presented By:

Walter Koroshetz, MD
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH
“Mind Your RisksSM to Preserve Brain Health”

Cheryl Bushnell, MD, MHS
Professor of Neurology & Director
Comprehensive Stroke Center
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
“Preventing Strokes in Women – Knowing the Difference Can Make a Difference”

Michael Frankel, MD
Professor & Director of Vascular Neurology
Emory University School of Medicine
Chief of Neurology & Director
Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center for the Grady Health System
Lead Neurologist, Georgia Coverdell Stroke Registry
“Ways to Bridge the Gap: Quality Improvement and Stroke Systems of Care”

Jennifer Foltz, MD, MPH
Commander, U.S. Public Health Service
Medical Epidemiologist
Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch
Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC
“Stroke Prevention: Improving Outcomes across Systems”

Facilitated By:

John Iskander, MD, MPH, Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH, Deputy Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Susan Laird, MSN, RN,
Communications Director, Public Health Grand Rounds

Additional Resources

Stroke Risk Estimator — A tool from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association to help you estimate your risk of stroke.

Continuing Education

This session is available for Continuing Education. Click Mind Your Risks and Act FAST to Prevent and Treat Strokes for more information.

  • Page last reviewed: May 5, 2016
  • Page last updated: May 24, 2016
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