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Stroke Falls to the 5th Leading Cause of Death

Friday, February 6, 2015

Stroke has dropped from the nation’s fourth-leading cause of death to the fifth, according to federal statistics. This drop is significant and may indicate that prevention and intervention efforts are making a difference.

“This is exciting news and an opportunity to acknowledge the ongoing efforts of the stroke community who work every day to reduce the impact of stroke,” said Matt Lopez, CEO, National Stroke Association.

New data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than 130,500 people died from unintentional injuries in the U.S. in 2013 and just under 129,000 people died from stroke.

While the death rate has declined, stroke remains a leading cause of disability in the U.S.. And still too few people know what a stroke is and how to recognize when stroke is happening.

“There is still a great deal to be done on behalf of stroke survivors who are faced with life changing challenges as a result of stroke,” said Lopez.  “We are committed to supporting the ongoing efforts to prevent stroke and support all those who are impacted.”

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