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6 Surprising Facts About Stroke

Posted by Cassie Babtkis Dec 17 2014

You may know a lot about stroke, but here are some surprising facts you may not be aware of.

The public is dangerously misinformed about stroke. Three out of four Americans have a hard time naming just one stroke warning sign. The easiest way to remember the signs of stroke is to use the FAST acronym.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only one of these signs needs to be present to indicate a stroke may be happening.

Some U.S. presidents have had strokes. Whether it was before, after, or during the time they were in office, stroke has affected more U.S. presidents than you might think. A few U.S. presidents who have had strokes include:

• John Quincy Adams
• Woodrow Wilson
• Warren G. Harding
• Franklin D. Roosevelt
• Dwight D. Eisenhower
• Richard Nixon
• Gerald R. Ford

Stroke doesn't only impact the elderly. Strokes occur in more young people than you might think. About one third of stroke patients are between 20 and 64 years old. From that population, stroke incidence has jumped nearly 25 percent in recent years. Even babies can have strokes before they are born.

Many famous people have had a stroke. A brief list of celebrities includes:

• Hugh Hefner
• Charles Dickens
• Dick Clark
• Tim Curry
• Frankie Muniz
• Kevin Sorbo

Some stroke survivors are locked-in after a stroke. Locked-in syndrome is a rare condition that most often occurs after a basilar artery stroke. A basilar artery stroke is considered the most devastating stroke, especially if someone survives from it. People who have had a basilar artery stroke can have paralysis from head to toe, hence where the term “locked-in” came from.

Stroke kills more women than breast cancer. In fact, in the U.S., statistics show that nearly 41,000 women die from breast cancer each year, while over 82,000 women die from stroke each year. Women also have a greater risk for stroke than men, with approximately 55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year.

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