National Stroke Awareness Month
National Stroke Awareness Month is observed annually in May to educate the public about stroke and important risk factors to help reduce the occurrence of stroke in the United States. A stroke, sometimes called a ‘brain attack’, is a medical condition that occurs when something blocks blood supply to part of the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. A stroke can cause lasting brain damage, long-term disability, or death.
- Stroke can happen to anyone at any age.
- 80% of all strokes are preventable.
- Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S., and a leading cause of severe disability.
- On average, one person dies from stroke every 4 minutes.
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