A report authored by the CDC in June of 2012 found that only 44 percent of adults diagnosed with high blood pressure and only 32 percent diagnosed with high LDL cholesterol had it under control. Fewer than one in 13 tobacco users who visited a doctor were prescribed medications to help them quit
smoking. Among patients with heart disease only 47 percent were prescribed the simple and inexpensive treatment of aspirin to be taken on a daily basis.The report indicated that increasing
the use of these preventative strategies of medication and ceasing bad habits such as smoking has the potential to lead to significant declines in the illness, death and instability of individuals living in the US. Neurologists believe that strokes would certain decline if there was better control of these cardiovascular risk factors noted in a Neurology Today report (September 6, 2012). There are seven guidelines proposed by the American Heart Association for maintaining heart health: Not smoking, maintaining normal weight, exercising, eating a healthy diet and controlling cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose. Almost 25 percent of the 800,000 strokes per year in the US are recurrent strokes where preventative efforts could be an important factor.