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Stroke Information and Signs
Jay S. Luxenberg, MD and Ernest H. Rosenbaum, MD
Data from: Nutrition Action Health Letter by Bonnie Lieberman, Center For Science in the Public Interest Vol 34, No.2 p.1-8

Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the United States. There are approximately 700,000 strokes in the United States each year and about 160,000 deaths.

A stroke is a highly treatable disease like a heart attack, but one must immediately get to a stroke center or hospital for early treatment as, unfortunately, due to delays, many are left with major physical debilities that totally change their lives.

The Signs of a Stroke
The sudden onset of dizziness, unsteadiness or a sudden fall, visual dimness especially in one eye, difficulty speaking or trouble understanding speech and numbness, weakness in face, arms or legs, especially on one side of the body are significant signs of a stroke.

Once a person is in the recovery phase, an active stroke rehabilitation program may take many months, often six months to a year to get the maximum recovery from a stroke.

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