According to the latest statistics from the American Stroke Association:
- Each year about 700,000 people have a new or recurrent stroke.
- Stroke killed approximately 158,000 people in 2005.
- Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the US.
- Millions of brain cells die each minute stroke is untreated.
Symptoms of a stroke include the following:
- sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
- sudden confusion trouble speaking or understanding
- 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
According to the American Stroke Association’s Guidelines for the Early Management of Adults with Ischemic Stroke – 2007 communities with stroke education programs have significantly higher use of life-saving (blood clot dissolving) medication, when compared to communities where such programs are not available. The higher use of blood-clot dissolving medication implies that stroke survivors are getting medical attention in a more timely manner, which can affect the outcome.