Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. Stroke occurs when blood vessels linked to the brain carrying oxygen and nutrients are either blocked by a blood clot or a ruptures. Strokes are the number five cause of death among the population. It accounts for nearly 1 of every 20 deaths nationwide. Annually, stroke costs the nation $34 billion, which includes the cost of health care services, medications, and lost productivity. From 2009-2013, 18,055 deaths occurred due to stroke in the State of Georgia. Strokes account for the seventh leading cause of preventable deaths in Georgia.
Women and Stroke
Stroke disproportionately affects women. This is due in part to women living longer than their male counterparts and the risk of stroke increasing with age. In the United States, one in five women experiences a stroke. Stroke accounts for twice as many deaths among women than breast cancer. African American women are more susceptible to stroke due to high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes.
Warning Signs of Stroke:
- Face Drooping
- Arm Weakness
- Speech Difficulty
- Vision Impairment (in one eye)
If you or anyone you know are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please dial 9-1-1.