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Stroke Awareness Month to include Go Red for Women Experience at GABP


Stroke Awareness Month to include Go Red for Women Experience at GABP (The Christ Hospital)
Stroke Awareness Month to include Go Red for Women Experience at GABP (The Christ Hospital)
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CINCINNATI (WKRC) - May is Stroke Awareness Month, and the American Heart Association has a few reminders and education events to help save lives.

Experts are particularly focused on women of ethnic backgrounds.

The American Heart Association is taking the 2023 Greater Cincinnati Go Red for Women Experience to a whole new level, in hopes of helping everyone learn more about fighting heart disease and preventing strokes.

“This year, on May 12, it’s going to be at Great American. We’re encouraging you to move more and get active. So, learn a little bit about heart health, raise awareness, and have a good time with your friends, family, and coworkers,” said Stephanie Lambdin of the American Heart Association.

Lambdin and Dr. Odayme Quesada of The Christ Hospital recently appeared on Local 12's Sunday 6 a.m. show “What’s Happening in Health” to share why everything from this "A League of Their Own” experience -- batting practice, team building, and much more -- may be critical to women’s health.

Dr. Quesada says she’s especially concerned about Hispanic and Latina women, who are at higher risk for heart disease and stroke.

“It’s predominantly because of the risk factors. The data shows Latina women and men have higher levels of hypertension, higher percentage of cholesterol, less exercise, inactivity. So, all those risk factors are higher in the Latina community than they are in the non-Latina community,” she said.

In addition, this Stroke Awareness Month, experts are asking everyone to remember the acronym "FAST" to stop a stroke: If you notice someone with Face drooping, Arm weakness, or Speech difficulty, it’s Time to call 911.

The American Heart Association also wants to help people reduce their risk of a cardiac event in the first place.

“It’s what you’re eating, knowing your numbers, getting plenty of sleep, drinking water over sugary beverages -- all the things that we know are good for our heart, but actually doing that in your everyday lifestyle,” Lambdin said.

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