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Health Care Professionals Offer Free Consultations for National Stroke Awareness Month
Date:5/9/2009

Health care professionals offer free workshops with an emphasis on smoking cessation to raise public awareness of stroke and assist individuals in lowering their risk factors, in order to improve their quality of life.

Niles, Michigan (PRWEB) May 7, 2009 -- For the 22nd consecutive year, May 2009 has been designated Stroke Awareness Month. During this thirty-one day period, health care professionals and health promotion experts across the country will join forces to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stroke epidemic. Sponsored by The National Stroke Association, a non-profit health education organization, Stroke Awareness Month is a national, cooperative effort to raise public awareness about the full continuum of stroke by managing stroke risk factors, facilitating better understanding of stroke symptom recognition and response and improving the quality of life during stroke recovery for millions of stroke survivors in the United States.

"Even though we've learned a lot about strokes in the past twenty years," says Ann Marie Amicarelli, a hypnotherapist specializing in health related issues, "Stroke is the third leading cause of death in America. It causes many people to become disabled each year. Up to 80% of strokes can be prevented. Each one of us can prevent a stroke by being responsible for the lifestyle choices we make. There are many effective techniques available that could help millions of Americans stop suffering. For instance, the risk factor of smoking damages blood vessels, raises blood pressure and makes the smoker's heart work very hard. Research has shown that smoking doubles the risk of stroke. Women need to be extremely careful. If a woman smokes, has a history of migraines, and takes birth control pills, her stroke risk is increased as much as 34 times. If you stop smoking today, you can significantly reduce your
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