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Neurosciences & Stroke

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Prevention & Identification

Each year about 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke, which is the nation's fourth leading cause of death. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and dies from a stroke every 4 minutes. Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States, with about 4.7 million stroke survivors alive today.

North Carolina has its fair share stroke victims - about 14,000 North Carolinians are disabled by stroke each year, and more than 5,000 residents will lose their lives.

Stroke in not just a "man's disease." Although most women are more worried about getting breast cancer that they are about their risk of stroke, twice as many women die of stroke than of breast cancer every year. The truth is, more women will die of stroke than will men.

Stroke Prevention & Identification




In This Section
What is a Stroke?
Stroke Risk Factors
Stroke Risk Assessment
Preventing a Stroke
Stroke Symptoms
What to do if You Think it is a Stroke
Education for Kids
Carotid Ultrasound Testing
TIA - Transient Ischemic Attack