Singing competition to raise stroke awareness

Dec 21, 2010

Gospel singers aim to increase stroke awareness

A fatal stroke can strike anyone, highlighting the importance of having life insurance and trying to be healthy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says those with high blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease, and diabetes can increase the likelihood of a stroke.

Gospel singers will belt out tunes in a competition to raise stroke awareness. The effort is being put on with the collaborative efforts of the America Heart Association and GMC -formerly the Gospel Music Channel and Music World Gospel.

AHA spokesperson and family practitioner in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Dr. Rani Whitfield says some ethnic groups are more hard-hit by stroke than others.

"Stroke is a serious issue in the African-American community," says Whitfield. "It is a leading cause of severe, long-term disability, and more than 100,000 African-Americans will suffer a new or reoccurring stroke this year."

Those who have diabetes, for example, should do their best to control the condition. Doing so will help the person be healthy and help reduce the likelihood of a stroke. As with all serious health conditions, people should always consult their doctors for advice.

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