Associations Urge Awareness of Stroke Risk After Recent Celebrity Deaths
Leaders do die unexpectedly
Before famed director John Singleton was taken off life support Monday, Singleton’s family made a notable request to the public.
“More than 40 percent of African American men and women have high blood pressure, which also develops earlier in life and is usually more severe,” a statement from the family said. “His family wants to share the message with all to please recognize the symptoms by going to Heart.org.”
The deaths of Singleton and Beverly Hills, 90210 star Luke Perry—both from stroke, both in their early 50s—have brought fresh attention to the second-most-common cause of death in the world and to the prevention resources available from the American Heart Association (AHA) and its offshoot, the American Stroke Association (ASA).
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