What do you know about strokes?
-A stroke is when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked or ruptured. It is also called a cerebral vascular accident (CVA).
-It is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in adults.
-Approximately two-thirds of those who experience a stroke are over 65 years of age.
-Almost 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year.
-Physical therapists provide treatments for people who have experienced stroke to restore their movement and walking ability, decrease their disability, and improve their quality of life.
-The American Stroke Association has estimated that 80% of strokes can be prevented.
-Some risk factors for stroke can’t be changed—such as family history, age, gender, race (stroke death rates are higher for African Americans, even at younger ages), and previous heart attack or stroke.
**The following are common causes of stroke and are all PREVENTABLE by changing/managing your life style:
high blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, diabetes, carotid artery disease, obesity and excessive alcohol intake.**
***Contact your physician to refer you to physical therapy for a full evaluation as soon as symptoms begin for immediate attention and a quicker recovery!***
This information and more about strokes found at: http://www.moveforwardpt.com/SymptomsConditionsDetail.aspx?cid=929683c9-e6ab-4b0b-ad65-1c4d69dfa269
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Stroke (when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked or ruptured) is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in adults.