When blood is stopped from reaching the brain, the brain cannot get the oxygen it needs. Brain cells in the area begin to die and the brain can become permanently damaged.
Facts about stroke
- According to the NIH, recurrent stroke is frequent; about 25% of people who recover from their first stroke will have another stroke within 5 years
- Stroke is the third most common cause of death in the US, based on information from the CDC
- Almost 6 million people in the US have suffered a stroke. Older people are more likely to have a stroke. About 75% of all strokes occur in people over the age of 65
- Due to its often disabling and repetitive nature, stroke results in substantial health care expenditures. Mean lifetime costs resulting from ischemic stroke estimated at US$140,000 per patient. Nationwide, US costs related to stroke are expected to reach an estimated to be over $60 billion (CDC)
- One third of people who have suffered a stroke will die within 12 months