National Stroke Awareness Month, and more than 75 percent of
all people who suffer a stroke are ages 65 and above.
to the American Heart Association, a stroke happens when blood
vessels are weakened and rupture or a clot prevents blood from
traveling to the brain. A stroke occurs about every 40
seconds, affecting almost 800,000 people a year. About 140,000
people die annually from a stroke in the U.S.
are at a high risk of suffering a stroke, as the risk of
having a stroke doubles each decade after 55 and strokes make
up about one out of every 17 deaths each year. About 15
million people die across the globe from a stroke every year.
of having a stroke is even greater in black people over the
age of 65.
while a stroke may not be the leading cause of death in the
U.S., it is the leading cause of serious long-term disability.
the most common side effects from a stroke is aphasia. Aphasia
is a language disorder that affects one’s ability to
communicate. People with aphasia may have trouble getting
words out, difficulty finding words, trouble understanding
others, problems with math and reading and may not be able to
results of aphasia can be treated with long-term speech
leading cause of most strokes is hypertension or high blood
pressure. This can be treated with medicine and can help
prevent a stroke. Strokes can also be treated with blood
clotting medicine, especially if the victim is treated in the
early stage of a stroke.
warning signs of a stroke include a drooping face, weakness in
the arms and difficulty speaking. The National Heart
Association recommends calling E-911 if you see someone
experiencing those symptoms.