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National Stroke Association
National Stroke Association
February 2014 - American Heart Month

image showing heart-brain connectionGet to the Heart
of Managing Your
Stroke Risks

Atrial fibrillation (Afib) is a leading risk factor for stroke. Knowing about and properly managing your Afib can prevent you from having a stroke.

  • Afib is more common in people over age 65.
  • Afib is the most common type of heart arrythmia.
  • Afib can be successfully managed with the help of a healthcare professional.

» Learn more about the Afib-Stroke connection.

image of blood pressure cuffManage your high blood pressure. In most people, high blood pressure can be controlled through diet, exercise, medication or a combination of all three. Speak with a doctor about how to control high blood pressure. The key to keeping blood pressure within the normal range is for a person to commit to being an active participant in their healthcare with a doctor.

» Read more about lowering your stroke risks.

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Get Your Heart Pumping

photo of woman wearing a Stroke Challenge t-shirtIt's American Heart Month - are you ready to up your cardio workout? With new team benefits and incentives in 2014, this is the year to take the challenge and join our NYC Half Stroke Challenge team. On Sunday, March 16, you could join more than 14,000 runners taking on 13.1 miles through New York City—including iconic Times Square.

» Learn more about the NYC Half Stroke Challenge team.

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Enrich Your Heart
With a Creative Outing

image of heart outline with handprints in itTap into that inner artist and discover your creative side. Have you set a 2014 goal to do more things that are good for your soul? On your own or with your partner, getting a little creative can lift your spirits and energize your brain. How about some ceramic painting? Decorate new mugs for your morning coffee together or new soup bowls for a Valentine’s Day lunch—painted with love to enjoy for years. If you want to use your new dishes on February 14, check with the shop to see how fast they can fire your ceramic ware and plan accordingly.

Or perhaps some “caregiver me time” as a gift to yourself? Try a painting class where you learn the basics of acrylic painting—and come home with a personalized present for your loved one. Many of these creative shops are running special deals in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

iHOPE logoLearn more about goal setting in 2014—watch the new iHOPE  Goal Setting for Caregivers webinar.

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Add Some Intimacy in February

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How can you and your partner improve your sex life? Take a few moments to watch this iHOPE webinar, Sex and Sexuality After Stroke for tips on making your relationship a priority, improving intimacy and dating after a stroke.

» View this webinar.

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A Challenge from Howie Mandel

In collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer, spokesperson Howie Mandel challenges us to take the Fibs or Facts quiz. Test your knowledge about an irregular heartbeat conditional known as atrial fibrillation (Afib) not caused by a heart valve and related stroke risk. For every person that completes the quiz, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer will make a $1 non-tax-deductible donation to National Stroke Association. Help us reach our goal of $25,000!

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Share the Love

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Give a gift that gives back. This month, use coupon code ShareTheLove and get 20% off this new Bravelets cuff and $10 from each purchase will be donated to National Stroke Association. Start shopping.

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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

Avanir Pharmaceuticals
Bioness Inc.
Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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