fibromuscular dysplasia support, education & advocacy
Fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) is a complex disease that is most commonly seen in women, with systemic presentation that may include stenosis, aneurysm or dissection most commonly in the renal and carotid arteries, migraine-like headaches, dizziness, and tinnitus or a swooshing sound in the ears. Low bone density, joint laxity and degenerative disease in the spine also have been linked to the disease. FMD is considered a rare disease; however, it is also believed to be underdiagnosed.

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FMD Chat is celebrating National Orange Popsicle Week — you can too!

Join us for a week of raising awareness of stroke in young people. 

Saturday, May 18
Like FMD Chat and NOPW on Facebook!

Sunday, May 19
Learn more about stroke from staff at University of Tennessee Medical Center's Comprehensive Stroke Center and join in recognizing National Orange Popsicle Week from noon to 7 p.m. May 19 at Pop Culture, a gourmet popsicle shop in Knoxville, Tenn. There will be free blood pressure screenings, and a portion of popsicle proceeds will go toward purchasing iPads to use in the Stroke Center's aphasia treatment programs.

Can't be there in person? Buy your orange popsicles virtually! All donations collected through FMD Chat during NOPW (May 18-25) will go toward the goal!

Monday, May 20
Share a stroke fact with someone you know. Fibromuscular dysplasia can be a cause of stroke.

Tuesday, May 21
Find out more about your own stroke risk with a self-assessment.

Wednesday, May 22
Read about the founder of NOPW who suffered a stroke at age 24.

Thursday, May 23
Share your orange popsicle photos on Facebook and Twitter! Be sure to mention National Orange Popsicle Week and FMD Chat when you tag your photos on Facebook, or tag @NOPW_ and @FMDChat on Twitter.

Friday, May 24
Read FMD patients' stories about their diagnosis.

Saturday, May 25
Share an orange popsicle with friends or family members and do something to reduce your stroke risk factors!

And don't forget!

FMD Chat Together 2013
Sept. 13-14
Asheville, N.C.