About 1 in 4 people who have a stroke are 65 years or younger.

Do you and your family know the signs of stroke?

What is Stroke?

Stroke, also known as a "brain attack," is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States. Every 40 seconds someone has a stroke. If you see any sign of stroke, consider it an emergency.

How a stroke occurs

There are 2 types of strok

Risk factors of stroke

Risk factors you can't control

  • Age: 1 out of 4 people who have a stroke are under 65, but your chance of stroke increases as you get older
  • Race: African-Americans and Hispanics have a higher risk of stroke than people of other races
  • Gender: Stroke is more common in men, but more women die from stroke each year
  • Family history: You are at greater risk if a family member has had a stroke

Risk factors that can be managed

  • High blood pressure
  • Atrial fibrillation (A-fib)
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Poor circulation
  • Not being active
  • Obesity
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