What is a Stroke?
In the U.S., stroke is the third leading cause of death, killing 160,000 people each year, and the leading cause of adult disability. It can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of race, sex or age.
Approximately 780,000 strokes will occur this year; however 500,000 of those strokes can be prevented.
Two million brain cells die every minute during stroke, increasing risk of permanent brain damage, disability or death.
Types of Stroke:
occurs when arteries are blocked by blood clots or by the gradual buildup of plaque and other fatty deposits. Almost 85 percent of all strokes are ischemic.
occurs when a blood vessel in the brain breaks leaking blood into the brain. Hemorrhagic strokes account for about fifteen percent of all strokes, yet are responsible for more than thirty percent of all stroke deaths.
Recognizing symptoms and acting fast to get medical attention can save a life and limit disabilities.
Source: National Stroke Association
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