What is a stroke?

A stroke is sometimes called a "brain attack." A stroke can injure the brain like a heart attack can injure the heart. Stroke is the result of cerebrovascular disease - disease of the blood vessels in the brain.

Source: http://www.4woman.gov/faq/stroke.htm

Stroke is the nation's third leading cause of death. Stroke is a type of cardiovascular disease. Itaffects the arteries leading to and within the brain. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it starts to die.Source: http://www.strokeassociation.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3030387

  • About 700,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke. That means, on average, a stroke occurs every 45 seconds.


  • Stroke kills nearly 157,000 people a year. That's about 1 of every 15 deaths. It's the No. 3 cause of deathbehind diseases of the heart and cancer.


  • About every 3 minutes someone dies of stroke.


  • Of every 5 deaths from stroke, 2occur inmen and 3in women.


  • The 2003 stroke death rates per 100,000 population for specific groups were51.9 for white males,50.5 for white females,78.8 for black males and69.1 for black females.


  • Americans will pay about $57.9 billion in 2006 for stroke-related medical costs and disability.


Source: http://www.strokeassociation.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=1033