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posted: 10/5/2012 9:21 AM

Stroke facts

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• Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death in the U.S., killing more than 133,000 people each year.

• An estimated 7 million stroke survivors over age 20 live in the U.S.

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• Approximately 795,000 strokes will occur this year.

• Approximately 55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year.

• Women are twice as likely to die from stroke than breast cancer.

• Stroke risk factors include: being 55 or older; being male; having diabetes; being black; having a family history of stroke; having high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease.

• Quit smoking and reduce alcohol consumption to reduce your risk of stroke.

Source: National Stroke Association

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