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National Stroke Association
National Stroke Association
February 2013

Love Your Brain

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8 Stroke Risk Factors You Can Control

This Valentine’s Day, show your brain how much you care by reducing your risk for stroke or recurrent stroke. Get a handle on these most common controllable risk factors:

  1. High blood pressure
  2. Atrial fibrillation
  3. High cholesterol
  4. Diabetes
  5. Atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in the arteries)
  6. Smoking
  7. Alcohol use
  8. Obesity

» Learn more about these factors.

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The Heart-brain Connection

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Kathy’s stroke saved her life. The same controllable factors that put her at risk for stroke also put her at risk for heart disease. Living a healthy lifestyle was the last thing she wanted to do. But after her stroke, she vowed to fight for her life and get healthy. See how Kathy improved the health of both her heart and brain.
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StrokeSmart Is Back

StrokeSmart magazine 2013 Issue 1 cover

StrokeSmart™, our premier magazine for stroke survivors and caregivers, is now better than ever!

Get more inspirational stories, tips for recovery and your post-stroke lifestyle, and puzzles to challenge your brain in the pages of StrokeSmart magazine—now six times a year. Look for your copy of StrokeSmart magazine in your mailbox in the next week or two.

If you don’t have a subscription to StrokeSmart, it’s free and easy to get one! Just visit www.stroke.org/mag or call 1-800-STROKES.

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Be a Presenter
Program spotlight icon Are you looking for a way to spread awareness about stroke? Consider giving a presentation in your community. Check out our new Community Presentations webpage and help us prevent stroke in 2013.
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Your Face Here
Be a Face of Stroke

Want to be featured in this newsletter? If you have a great story of how you changed your eating habits from bad to great, email us at presentations@stroke.org. You must be able to travel to Denver for a video shoot.

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“During my TIA, I used [the FAST mnemonic] to quickly identify what was occurring when my left arm went numb.” —Betty, TIA survivor and healthcare professional

Read Betty’s story in the Faces of Stroke℠ gallery.


Spasticity Treatments

Learn about treatment options for severe spasticity in a free webinar on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. EST.

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Corporate Alliance Board Members

Chairman level
Allergan, Inc. • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Genentech, Inc.

Executive level
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company/Pfizer Inc. Partnership 
 Medtronic, Inc.  

Director level
ACORDA Therapeutics
Allsup, Inc. Avanir Pharmaceuticals
Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. LundbeckPatterson Medical 

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