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A stroke is the sudden interruption of the flow of blood supply of the brain – blood clot blocks, or when a vessel in the brain bursts. It is sometimes referred to as a brain attack. Globally, up to 15 million people suffer from stroke, where 6 million will lose their lives while the remaining 5 million will not fully regain physical and mental abilities permanently. In the United States, stroke is the 5th leading cause of death and a major cause of long-term disability. 
 
With the goal to spread awareness about this rampant but highly preventable disease, the National Stroke Association along with the American Heart Association made efforts to have May declared “National Stroke Awareness Month.” In May 11, 1989, President George H.W. Bush signed proclamation 5975 that officially dedicated the month of May to Stroke Awareness.
 
Contrary to popular belief, 80% of strokes are preventable and in addition, can affect anyone at any age. 1 American dies from a stroke every 4 minutes and 1 in 7 occur in adolescents and young adults. Experts think that adolescents are having more strokes because more are obese, have high blood pressure and diabetes. 
 
With the alarming number of strokes, many organizations are more passionate to share information on how to prevent, treat and reverse strokes with effective and timely treatments. This month, activities such as the 2017 Comeback Trail, marathons, runs, walks and social media forums. For more information about strokes and how you can help bring awareness, please visit stroke.org.

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