Pharmacists can participate in National Stroke Awareness Month

CDC promotes stroke awareness

Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States, yet management of patient risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease, can prevent 80% of strokes. Promoting National Stroke Awareness Month, CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (CDC DHDSP) has scheduled events that pharmacists can join.

Pharmacists can sign up for the #StrokeMonth Thunderclap taking place on Wednesday, May 25, at 12:00 pm Eastern, and share CDC's informational materials with their followers.

A session titled “Mind Your Risks and Act FAST to Prevent and Treat Strokes,” slated for Tuesday, May 17, at 1:00 pm Eastern, will discuss how public health programs and health care providers are collaborating across the nation to reduce strokes.

CDC DHDSP encourages health care providers to support the campaign and promote awareness of stroke prevention to create a stroke-free world.

The leading controllable risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure. Pharmacists who have expertise in managing hypertension can become a certified hypertension clinician through the American Society of Hypertension (ASH). ASH certification recognizes clinicians who have demonstrated the skills and knowledge necessary to regulate hypertension. The testing application deadline is June 15, 2016, for the July 31 through August 13, 2016, testing cycle.

More information can be found on the CDC and ASH websites.