Increasing your knowledge of stroke could help you to save a life. Each year more than 700,000 people in the United States have strokes. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the country and causes more serious long-term disabilities than any other disease. Nearly three-quarters of all strokes occur in people over the age of 65, and the risk of having a stroke more than doubles each decade after the age of 55.
For African Americans, stroke is more common and more deadly - even in young and middle-aged adults - than for any ethnic or other racial group in the United States.
Learning about stroke can help you act in time to save a co-worker, friend, or relative. And making changes in your lifestyle can help you prevent stroke.
New treatments are available that greatly reduce the damage caused by a stroke. But you need to arrive at the hospital quickly to prevent disability. Knowing stroke symptoms, calling 911 immediately, and getting to a hospital are critical.
Information adapted from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. This material is for information purposes. Advice on the treatment or care of an individual patient should be obtained through consultation with a physician who has examined a patient or is familiar with a patient's medical history.