Did You Know?
- Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death, and a leading cause of disability in the U.S.
- Your risk for stroke doubles for every 10 years, after age 55.
- Women’s risk of stroke is higher compared to men; more than 100,000 women under age 65 will have a stroke this year.
- Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death for African-Americans. For Hispanics, it’s ranked third.
- Calling 9-1-1 when a stroke is suspected is crucial: If given within three hours of symptoms, a clot-busting drug called “tPA” (tissue plasminogen activator) can often reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.