Stroke Awareness Month: America’s stroke burden

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  • Stroke kills almost 130,000 Americans each year-1 in every 18 deaths.
  • On average, one American dies from stroke every 4 minutes.
  • Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. About 610,000 of these are first or new strokes. One in four are recurrent strokes.
  • Ischemic strokes happen when blood clots block the blood vessels to the brain. About 87% of all strokes are ischemic.
  • Stroke costs the United States an estimated $54 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and missed days of work.
  • Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability, and is a leading cause of death for Americans.
  • In 2009, 34% of people hospitalized for stroke were under the age of 65.  Read more

David Dubats, Founder, Second Step, Inc.

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