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TRENTON, N.J. -Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced today that Mercer County recognizes May as National Stroke Awareness Month, and called for more extensive stroke education and prevention efforts in the community.

"In this country, someone dies from a stroke about every 3 minutes," Hughes explained, "and the nation as a whole will pay some 63 billion dollars for stroke-related medical costs before the year is out.  Fortunately, in most cases stroke can be prevented through good management of blood pressure and cardiac health."

Hughes cited a variety of other sobering statistics on stroke fatalities, including:

  • About 700,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke.
  • Stroke kills over 150,000 people per year in the United States.
  • Of every 5 people who die from stroke, 2 are men and 3 are women.
  • Stroke kills a large number of individuals each year from every ethno racial group in the United States.

The County Executive encouraged County residents to take advantage of existing stroke awareness efforts in the community to get informed and empowered about stroke prevention.  Hughes also lauded the Women's Heart Foundation as an example of an organization working actively to promote stroke awareness, and encouraged residents to participate in the Foundation's "Run for Your Heart" event at Mercer County Park on May 26.