Manchin Proclaims May Stroke Awareness Month

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Governor Joe Manchin has proclaimed May as Stroke Awareness Month in West Virginia. Officials from the American Heart Association and the American Stoke Association were on hand for the proclamation at the State Capitol in Charleston. Claudette Brooks, M.D., assistant professor of neurology at the West Virginia University Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, also attended the ceremony.

 Brooks serves as director of the WVU Neurovascular Lab and is a leading member of the WVU Stroke Center Team, Stroke Clinic and Stroke Research Clinic. 

"While some risk factors can't be changed, stroke is not inevitable just because you have an uncontrollable risk factor," Brooks said. "It simply means you need to pay special attention to risk factors that can be eliminated or controlled.”

 In 2001 there were 1,262 deaths from stroke in West Virginia – 482 men and 780 women. While stroke is the fourth leading cause of death among men, it is the third leading cause of death among West Virginia women.

"In some instances, following a healthy diet and including regular exercise is not enough to reduce your risk of stroke, so ask your doctor about medication that will help and take it as prescribed.  Remember, even if you are taking medication, a healthy diet and exercise continue to play an important role in your health," Brooks said.

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