Also known as “brain attack”, a stroke results from the interruption of blood flow to the brain, which can be caused by the formation of a blood clot in the artery or the breaking of a blood vessel. It is a dangerous condition that can lead to brain damage and permanent disability, such as memory, speech, or movement impairment.
Here are some statistics and facts that can give you a better understanding of the dangers of stroke:
- Stroke is the fourth deadliest disease in the United States, behind heart disease, cancer, and lower respiratory disease.
- More than 133,000 Americans die from stroke every year.
- Stroke is the number one cause of severe long-term disability among adults in the US.
- Around 795,000 cases of stroke occur each year, which is equivalent to about one every 40 seconds.
- Stroke claims one life every four minutes or so.
- Stroke can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or race.
- Over 425,000 women experience stroke every year, which is 55,000 more than men.
- African Americans are nearly twice as likely to experience a first-ever stroke as whites.
- Ischemic stroke accounts for approximately 87% of all strokes.
- Although hemorrhagic stroke only accounts for about 13% of all strokes, it is responsible for over 30% of all deaths resulting from stroke.
- When a person is experiencing a stroke, about two million of his or her brain cells die every minute, making him or her more vulnerable to brain damage and disability.
- It is estimated that the cost of stroke in the US in 2010 was $73.7 billion.
If you need more information about stroke, do not hesitate to contact our doctors.