According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control)stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United Sates. In 2002, stroke killed 162,672 people, accounting for about 1 of every 15 deaths in the United States. According to the American Heart Association, about 700,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke each year (about 500,000 first attacks and 200,000 recurrent attacks). Those who survive a stoke generally live with some type of physical impairment and of those between 15 and 30 percent are permanently disabled rrequring help in the home or placement in some type of assisted care facility or nursing home.The American Heart Association also estimates that stroke cost about $68 billion in both direct and indirect costs in 2005 in the United States alone.
It is very important to recognise the signs and sympotoms of stroke as early treatment is the best way to prevent death and disability.
Signs of a Stroke
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arms or legs
- Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding others
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
If you suspect someone is having a stroke call 911 immediately. Rapid emergency treatment is needed to prevent death or disabiliity.
With information from the CDC