Stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
Preventing a Stroke
The best way to prevent stroke is by managing your risk factors. A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease. Some factors we can control, called modifiable. There are other risk factors, called non-modifiable, which you can’t control. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from a stroke is to understand your risk and how to control it.