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A stroke is essentially a heart attack
in the brain. Sometimes called a "brain attack," a stroke
occurs when blood flow to the brain is cut off. Decreased blood flow
and lack of oxygen can cause brain cells to die. Individuals with stroke
symptoms should seek immediate emergency medical care to minimize their
risk of serious disability or death.
- Strokes are the nation's leading
cause of disability and the third leading cause of death.
- According to a study by the
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, most people aren’t
aware of the symptoms of strokes or the possible risk factors involved.
- Additional research by the same
university reveals that the number of strokes in the United States
is about 200,000 more than previously estimated. So instead of
500,000 strokes each year, it is more likely that there are around
- Strokes are most common in people
age 75 and older.
- Previous stroke victims have
a high chance of experiencing a recurrent stroke that is often
more disabling and deadly than the first.
- For those under age 65, African-Americans
are two to four times more likely to have a stroke than Caucasians.
This is attributed to a higher prevalence of hypertension and diabetes
in African Americans.