United States Stroke Statistics

?? Approximately 795,000 Americans each
year suffer a stroke; about 600,000 of these are first time incidents and 185,000
are recurrent attacks.

?? Stroke kills more than 140,000
Americans each year; it is the third leading cause of death in the United
States.

?? Stroke is the leading cause of serious,
long-term disability in the United States.

?? Almost three-quarters of strokes occur
in people over the age of 65. In fact, a person’s risk of having a stroke more
than doubles each decade after the age of 55. But one in four strokes happen to
people under the age of 65.

?? Between 1995 and 2005, the stroke death
rate fell by 30 percent and the actual number of stroke deaths declined by 14
percent.

?? High blood pressure is the biggest risk
factor for stroke.

?? A person’s risk of stroke doubles if
they are a current smoker

Use the American Heart Association’s memory tool called F.A.S.T.
to recognize when to call for medical help:

F: Facial drooping

A: Arm weakness

S: Slurring of speech

T: Time to call 911.

A stroke is a medical emergency but quick treatment can save
your life or increase your chances for a full recovery. If you believe that you
or someone you know may be experiencing a stroke, immediately call 911.

Can I Prevent a
Stroke?

Up to 50 percent of all strokes are preventable with
lifestyle regulation.

Keeping these risk factors in check can decrease your chance
of having a stroke:

?? High blood pressure

?? Atrial fibrillation

?? Uncontrolled diabetes

?? High cholesterol

?? Smoking

?? Abusing alcohol

?? Obesity

?? Existing carotid and/or coronary artery disease

It is a good idea to keep the controllable factors in check
because there are uncontrollable risk factors:

?? Age (People over age 65)

?? Gender (Men have more strokes, women have
deadlier strokes)

?? Race (African-Americans are at increased risk)

?? Family history of stroke

If you have questions about your risk for stroke, speak with
your doctor.

Sometimes, people experience warning signs before a stroke
occurs. These are called transient ischemic attacks (also called TIA or
"mini-stroke"), brief episodes of the stroke symptoms listed above. A
TIA is when a blockage, caused by a clot, is temporary. These leave no
permanent brain damage.

Some people have no warning signs before a stroke, or
symptoms are so mild that they are not noticeable. Regular check-ups are
important in catching problems before they become serious. Report any symptoms
or risk factors to your doctor.

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Stroke kills more than 140,000
Americans each year; it is the third leading cause of death in the United
States. And yet,
up to 50 percent of all strokes are preventable with
lifestyle regulation.

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