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National Stroke Association

September 2017


It's AFib Awareness Month

Your heart is a powerful machine: in a single day it usually beats 100,000 times. However, sometimes your heartbeat may be abnormal. You may feel your heart race or flutter or you may feel anxious and confused. This condition is known as atrial fibrillation or AFib.

September is National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month and we are raising awareness about this often undiagnosed condition and its connection to stroke. In fact, if you have AFib you are five times more likely to have a stroke. Don’t let a little fib become a big problem--reduce your risk of stroke by knowing if you have AFib

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Making a Difference


Stroke survivors Cindy Chenier and Spencer Olsen are raising awareness and funds for the National Stroke Association through two different running events.

Cindy, who does philanthropic work for causes she believes in, is participating in the Comeback Trail 5K in Atlanta on Oct. 7 when she’ll join walkers and fun runners as they  wind through Atlanta’s Historic Fourth Ward Park.

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"I’ll put a team together, as I want to inspire people,” says Cindy. “God saved me to inspire other people. That’s my calling—to help other people."

Spencer will start at the back of the pack of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Philadelphia on Sept. 17. For every runner he passes as a Go Giver, Transamerica will donate $1 to the National Stroke Association. “I’m looking forward to it and am actually doing different training just so I can be stronger,” says Spencer. “I’m excited because I want to do the best I can and raise as much money as I can.”

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Understand Stroke

AFib Info

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, our brochure, Making the AFib-Stroke Connection, will give you a better understanding of AFib, your stroke risk and treatments.

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We Can Help

Stroke Risk Score Card

The National Stroke Association has developed an easy-to-use tool called a Stroke Risk Scorecard to help determine your personal risk for stroke. Once you complete the scorecard, discuss the results with your healthcare provider.

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Faces of Stroke

Thankful for Her Rehab Team

Two days after giving birth to her daughter in 2015, Kendra had a stroke that left her half paralyzed. Within three and a half weeks she was walking again thanks to her rehab team. Both hospitals who cared for her will never know the thanks and appreciation she holds.

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