Stroke Awareness Facts
May is National Stroke Awareness Month when the National Stroke Association is turning its attention to the alarming number of strokes in young Americans. Over the last decade, there has been a spike of 44% in the number of young Americans (under 45 years) hospitalized due to stroke. This animated video, “Young Stroke: An Unexpected Reality,” focuses on the unique challenges faced by young stroke survivors and offers a wide range of resources to support stroke survivors in their recovery journeys.
There are two main types of stroke — ischemic and hemorrhagic. Ischemic stroke is more common and occurs when blood flow to a part or parts of the brain is stopped by a blockage in a vessel. Hemorrhagic stroke is more deadly and occurs when a weakened vessel tears or ruptures, diverting blood flow from its normal course and instead leaking or spilling it into or around the brain itself.
- Hemorrhagic (bleed) stroke accounts for about 13 percent of stroke cases.
- Ischemic (clot) stroke accounts for about 87 percent of all cases.Where does the data lead after someone has a stroke?
* 10% of stroke survivors recover almost completely
* 25% recover with minor impairments
* 40% experience moderate to severe impairments requiring special care
* 10% require care within either a skilled-care or other long-term care facility
* 15% die shortly after the stroke