Women and Stroke
Stroke is a medical emergency and a leading cause of death in the U.S. It occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts or, more commonly, when a blockage develops. Without treatment, cells in the brain quickly begin to die.
Each year, 700,000 people suffer a stroke. Five hundred thousand of these strokes are first occurrences, while the rest are repeat strokes. Someone has a stroke in the United States every 45 seconds. Some risk factors for stroke are hypertension, diabetes and smoking.