Learn more about the medical condition that can cause impairments of motor function, speech or vision
A stroke is caused by poor blood flow to the brain that eventually results in cell death or loss of cell functions. The two main types of strokes are ischemic strokes, that are caused by a clot in a blood vessel in the brain or hemorrhagic strokes caused by bleeding in or around the brain.
Every two seconds, someone in the world will have a stroke!
Around 1 in 6 men and 1 in 5 women will suffer a stroke in their lifetime!
Annually, 13,7 million people worldwide suffer a stroke. Of these, 5,5 million die and another 5 million are left permanently disabled!
Effects of a stroke
A stroke can severely impair multiple parts of a body. The most common functions affected by stroke are the ability to move, to communicate and/or to learn and process actions. All of these abilities influence our daily life. The amount and the impact of the damage depends on the affected area of the brain. Strokes are common in western society and the leading cause for lasting disabilities. One-third of the annual stroke victims are left with impairments of motor function, speech or vision. One-fifth of the victims is under the age of sixty.
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