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Having a stroke means greater risk for another (or, recurrent) stroke. The good news is that there are steps you can take to prevent a recurrent stroke. Here are the facts:

  • Approximately 795,000 Americans experience a stroke each year -- about 185,000 of those strokes are recurrent strokes.
  • At least 1 in 4 (25%-35%) of the 795,000 Americans who have a stroke each year will have another stroke within their lifetime.
  • Within 5 years of a first stroke, the risk for another stroke can increase more than 40%.
  • Recurrent strokes often have a higher rate of death and disability because parts of the brain already injured by the original stroke may not be as resilient.
  • Within 5 years of a stroke, 24 percent of women and 42 percent of men will experience a recurrent stroke.

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What is STARS?

National Stroke Association developed the STARS (Steps Against Recurrent Stroke) program with support from Charitable Contributions from the Bristol-Myers Squibb/Sanofi Pharmaceuticals Partnership and Allergan, Inc. STARS is a program that focuses on educating and empowering stroke survivors about how -- with a doctor’s help and advice -- to reduce  risk for a recurrent stroke by making lifestyle modifications and managing medical conditions that increase stroke risk. The program has already reached multitudes of survivors and caregivers through educational webcasts, e-mail campaigns and other materials that provide information and helpful tools about how to manage recurrent stroke. Learn more about STARS by watching the video below, downloading the free STARS brochure or contacting National Stroke Association at 1-800-STROKES.

Tips for managing recurrent stroke risk

Remember: the most important first step to controlling  risk for recurrent stroke is to follow a doctor’s advice. Don’t stop taking medicine unless a doctor advises it. Discuss the risk factors listed above with a doctor to determine personal risk levels. Then, learn how to control and manage those risk factors. Nobody has to have another stroke -- take steps toward a preventive lifestyle.

Coming up next… with STARS!

More survivors, caregivers and stroke care providers, including discharge planners and case managers can receive free education tips through an archived version of a September 2009 webcast titled STARS: Developing Effective Education Strategies for Survivors and the STARS Plus program, which is a patient transition pilot program that promotes information and tools for better adherence to risk factor management strategies to prevent recurrent stroke from hospital discharge through the first year after stroke.

Download the STARS brochure for free now! It includes helpful information on simple lifestyle changes that can greatly reduce your chance of stroke, including: lowering your blood pressure, exercising, changing your diet, and taking the right medications.

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To get more information on the STARS program, contact National Stroke Association at 1-800-STROKES.

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