In the United States, someone has a stroke every 40 seconds. It’s the fifth leading cause of death in America, but it’s more treatable today than ever. These are just a few of the facts the American Stroke Association is putting out there to spread awareness on World Stroke Day.
Chances are, you’ll know someone in your lifetime who’s affected by stroke. So what else should you know about it? Here are five things…*
- Stroke risk increases with age, but young adults, children, and even unborn babies can suffer strokes.
- 3 out of 4 people who suffer first strokes have high blood pressure.
- If one of your parents had an ischemic stroke before 65, you’re at 3 times the risk of suffering one yourself.
- Stroke is largely treatable, thanks to clot-busting drugs and medical devices. But every second counts. The faster you’re treated, the more likely you are to recover without permanent disability.
- Speaking of fast, the warning signs of stroke are:
And since prevention is key, check out the simple steps you can take to keep your brain healthy and avoid stroke, dementia and memory loss. If you’ve had a stroke, be sure to connect with more than 760 PatientsLikeMe members in the stroke community and share your experiences!
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