May is National Stroke Awareness Month. The National Stroke Association wants you to know that stroke can happen to anyone, at any age, and at any time. In the U.S., stroke is the fifth leading cause of death, killing nearly 130,000 people each year, and there is a trend toward increasing stroke incidence at younger ages. Over the last decade, there has been a spike of 44% in the number of young Americans (under 45 years) hospitalized due to stroke.
With younger stroke survivors often living longer after a stroke, they can deal with the lingering physical effects of a stroke for a longer period of time and face a greater financial burden overall. While the challenges may be great, there are many resources available to help stroke survivors come back strong. This year, individuals can engage with an interactive animated video, “Young Stroke: An Unexpected Reality”, to learn more about the unique challenges faced by young stroke survivors and a wide range of resources available to support stroke survivors in their recovery journeys.
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