Stroke Warning Signs and Symptoms

Stroke Facts

Stroke is a brain attack, cutting off vital blood flow and oxygen to the brain.
 
In the United States, stroke is a leading cause of death, killing nearly 130,000 people each year, and can cause serious, long-term adult disability.
 
There are an estimated 7,000,000 stroke survivors in the U.S. over age 20.
 
Approximately 795,000 strokes will occur this year, one occurring every 40 seconds, and taking a life approximately every four minutes.
 
Stroke can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of race, sex, or age.
 
Approximately 55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year.
 
African Americans have almost twice the risk of first-ever stroke compared to Caucasians.
 
Two million brain cells die every minute during stroke, increasing risk of permanent brain damage, disability or death. Recognizing symptoms and acting FAST to get medical attention can save a life and limit disabilities.
 
The prevalence of transient ischemic attacks (TIA – “mini strokes”) increases with age. Up to 40 percent of all people who suffer a TIA will go on to have a stroke.
 
The estimated total cost of stroke in the United States in 2010 is $73.7 billion. 
 

What types of stroke are there?

Ischemic stroke occurs when arteries are blocked by either blood clots or the build-up of plaque and other fatty deposits. About 87 percent of all strokes are ischemic.
 
Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain breaks and leaks blood into the brain. Hemorrhagic strokes account for thirteen percent of strokes, but are responsible for more than thirty percent of all stroke deaths.

Stroke Resources

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Stroke Prevention for Women
Love Your Heart & Your Brain
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Stroke Signs & Symptoms
Life After Stroke