Behind the stroke numbers are real lives. Stroke is the nation's No. 5 killer and a leading cause of long-term disability. Someone in the U.S. has a stroke about once every 40 seconds. October 29th marked World Stroke Day, which was established by the World Stroke Organization in 2006 to help spread public awareness of the world's high stroke risk and stroke prevalence. The American Stroke Association supports the annual campaign by educating Americans about stroke warning signs and the importance of taking action immediately. While stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and leading cause of disability in the U.S., many Americans do not think of stroke as a major health concern. We have made a lot of progress, but we still have a ways to go and need your help!
Despite these shocking statistics, many people affected by stroke are unable to access the treatments, rehabilitation and support that would provide them with the greatest chance of a good recovery and a healthier, more productive and independent life. Any person who has had a stroke has the right to receive the best stroke care, be informed and prepared, and be supported in their recovery. The development of “stroke systems of care” can significantly increase the proportion of patients who receive improved stroke care.
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