May is Stroke Awareness Month
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May is Stroke Awareness Month 

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Virginia is positioned in a region of the U.S. known as the Stroke Belt*. Not a glamorous or coveted designation, Virginia is among 10 other states where the risks of death due to stroke are higher than the rest of the country.

It’s widely known that nearly 24 million Americans (or 8% of the U.S. population) who have diabetes are at greater risk of stroke**. But millions more Americans who have slightly elevated blood sugar are also at increased risk of stroke.

That’s why stroke research is more important than ever. The Sentara neurosciences team is contributing to the national body of knowledge about stroke that could impact the care and treatment of stroke patients now and into the future.

Patient Story
Allison Zmuda was shocked when she learned she’d had a stroke at 38 years old. “One minute I was at the soccer field cheering my daughter; the next minute I was collapsing,” Zmuda says. “I’m working really hard to get my speech back, but it’s a blessing, too. I can do this again. I have my family, I have my friends and I can do this again,” she continued.

Currently, the Sentara neurosciences team is involved in 10 active stroke trials. If you’re interested in learning more about these trials read more here.

Learn more about stroke symptoms, treatment and more by listening to these audio files:

Primary Stroke Centers
Stroke Signs and Symptoms
Stroke Risk Factors
Preventing Strokes
Stroke Trials at Sentara
Treatment for Strokes - Don't Wait


*The Stroke Belt includes Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia

**According to the American Diabetes Association, 23 million Americans have diabetes and another 57 million Americans have pre-diabetes – a condition of slightly elevated blood sugar levels.

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