An Austinite aims to create a Spanish memory aid for stroke detection

Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States, but among the Hispanic population, it’s actually No. 3, according to the American Heart Association.

While public education campaigns in the past decade have increased our knowledge of stroke symptoms and what to do if we suspect someone is having a stroke, a 2017 study found that 71.3% of non-Hispanic white participants had knowledge of stroke warning signs compared with 57.8 % of the Hispanic participants. (The study found that 64% of African American participants had this knowledge.)

Marciela Wilson, a nurse and Ascension Seton’s cardiovascular disease and stroke community outreach coordinator, has served on stroke prevention committees with the American Heart Association and the state, and she has spoken at national conferences about the importance of stroke prevention education in the Hispanic community.

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