World Stroke Day is Oct. 29, 2011
Every six seconds, regardless of age or gender, a sister, brother, wife, husband, daughter, son, mother, father or friend will die from a stroke.
Stroke is the second leading cause of death for people above the age of 60, and the fifth leading cause in people aged 15 to 59. Stroke also attacks children, including newborns. Each year, nearly six million people die from stroke.
Stroke is indiscriminate and does not respect borders. World Stroke Day brings together advocacy groups, patient survivor support networks, volunteer stroke societies, public health authorities, physicians, nurses and others within the allied health professions including civil society at-large, for a collaborative approach to comprehensive stroke education, advocacy, prevention, treatment and long-term care and support for stroke survivors.
For more information about the signs of stroke and stroke prevention, visit www.knowstroke.org, a resource from the Sacred Heart Advanced Primary Stroke Center.