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October 17, 2007

Albany - It's a common cause of death and disability, especially in our area. But you can do things to reduce your risk of stroke.

People in Southwest Georgia are at an unusually high risk of suffering a stroke. The warning signs appear suddenly and include body weakness, confusion, even trouble speaking. The high risk here could be related to socio-economic status, but it's also related to higher blood pressure and other preventable medical conditions.

Dr. Jacqueline Grant said, "We generally are not people that get as much exercise as we should, we don't eat as properly as we should. We have higher rates of high blood pressure, so all of those risk factors, we have a higher risk category."

The Joint state house-senate subcommittee on strokes and prevention will hold a hearing at Albany State University Thursday to discuss the topic.

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