30x30 Campaign

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To participate in the #30x30StopStroke challenge, you can download a tracking form here. You can even form a team and start some friendly competition amongst your colleagues! At the end of the month, submit your forms to mghneurology@partners.org to be entered to win a free month membership at the Clubs at Charles River Park (CCRP). Any team where every member completes the 30x30 challenge will be recognized and entered to win a prize.

2018 Events

As part of the #30x30StopStroke campaign, we will also be hosting several events throughout the month:

  • May 21, 10-2 pm: Stroke Awareness table in the MGH White Lobby
  • May 24, 12-1 pm: Stroke – Time is Brain, with July Clark, RN, BSN - Quality and Compliance Nurse Manager, Stroke at the Blum Center
  • May 25, 8-9:30 am, MGH Acute Stroke Breakfast Gala 
  • May 29, 8-8:30 am: Group fitness class on the MGH Bulfinch Lawn with Katie Morgis NASM- CPT, CES, FMSC, Pn1, Trainer, Clubs at Charles River Park
  • Special 30-min classes at The Clubs at Charles River Park

Tag to Win

Stay tuned for email tips on stroke prevention throughout the month, and be sure to share photos of your exercise journey on social media, tagging our Facebook and Twitter pages, using the hashtag #30x30StopStroke. We’d love to see all the creative ways you fit exercise in during the week – walking meetings, running up and down Beacon Hill, or squats in your office! Photos submitted on social media or to mghneurology@partners.org will be entered in a drawing to win 2 personal training sessions with CCRP trainer Katie Morgis! Also, be sure to look for special #30x30StopStroke fitness classes during May at CCRP!

To kick off #30x30StopStroke, Dr. Lee Schwamm, Division Chief of MGH Stroke Service, shares why exercise is crucial to reducing your risk of stroke and offers a “30 x 30” challenge.

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Stroke Prevention & Facts

Be Aware of Signs and Symptoms of Stroke

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Signs & Symptoms of Stroke

  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, usually on one side of the body
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Difficulty walking
  • Dizziness with slurred speech or double vision
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe Headache of unknown cause

Stroke Facts

  • Stroke kills more than 130,000 Americans each year—that’s 1 out of every 20 deaths.
  • Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every 4 minutes, someone dies of stroke.
  • Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. About 610,000 of these are first or new strokes.
  • About 185,000 strokes—nearly 1 of 4—are in people who have had a previous stroke.
  • About 87% of all strokes are ischemic strokes, in which blood flow to the brain is blocked.
  • Stroke costs the United States an estimated $33 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medicines to treat stroke, and missed days of work.
  • Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability. Stroke reduces mobility in more than half of stroke survivors age 65 and over.
  • Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death for Americans, but the risk of having a stroke varies with race and ethnicity. Risk of having a first stroke is nearly twice as high for blacks as for whites, and blacks are more likely to die following a stroke than whites are.
  • Hispanics’ risk for stroke falls between that of whites and blacks.
  • American Indians, Alaska Natives, and blacks are more likely to have a stroke than are other groups.
  • In 2009, 34% of people hospitalized for stroke were less than 65 years old.
  • Patients who arrive at the emergency room within 3 hours of their first symptoms often have less disability 3 months after a stroke than those who received delayed care.

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