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    Brain Attack - Stroke  
Stroke is the #3 killer of Americans.
Strokeis the third leading cause of death in the United States. It is also a leading cause of serious long-term disability. While most strokes occur in people aged 65 years and older, strokes can occur at any age. Learn the signs and symptoms and how you can lower your risk for stroke.
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Stroke – A support group for persons who have had a stroke, their families and friends. 

For more information call Mary Kay at (309) 624-8575.

Consider the following statistics regarding strokes:

  • Stroke is the third largest cause of death, ranking behind diseases of the heart and all forms of cancer.
  • Strokes kill more than 273,000 Americans each year.
  • Almost every 45 seconds in the United States, a person experiences a stroke.
  • Nearly 5 million US adults live today with the effects of a stroke.
  • The American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, estimates strokes cost theUS nearly $58 billion a year.
  • About 33 percent of people who have had a stroke and survived will have another stroke within five years.
  • The risk of having a stroke increases with age.
  • Seventy-two percent of all strokes occur in people over the age of 65.
  • Of all the stroke deaths that occur each year, women account for approximately 60 percent.
  • African-Americans are twice as likely to experience a stroke than Caucasian-Americans.

What are the different types of stroke?

Strokes can be classified into two main categories:

  • 88 percent are ischemic strokes-strokes caused by blockage of an artery.
  • 12 percent are hemorrhagic strokes-strokes caused by bleeding.

"If you add the 4.8 million survivors of a Stroke (Brain Attack) with the 5.3 million survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury that would make it just from 2 these types of brain injury just over 10 million Americans currently live with disabilities resulting from Brain Injury."  Steve Love


Stroke Araweness Month in May






A Camping Experience for Stroke Survivors and CaregiversRetreat and Refresh is held at Living Springs Camp in rural Lewistown, Illinois. 


Contact : Marylee Nunley, Stroke Camp Director




Stroke Collaborative
The Stroke Collaborative is a joint campaign of the American Academy of Neurology, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to encourage Americans to recognize stroke symptoms, call 9-1-1, and get to the emergency department.
Strengthening the Stroke Team
In order to understand how stroke occurs and the damage it can cause, it is useful to understand the basic anatomy of the brain. The signs and symptoms of a stroke depend on which region of the brain is affected and how severely.

Symptoms Point to Stroke Location

A stroke can occur anywhere in the brain or just outside it. The symptoms that a stroke victim experiences depend on which area(s) of the brain are involved.


When a stroke occurs in the right hemisphere of the cerebrum, the result may be paralysis on the left side of the body, difficulty reasoning or thinking out solutions to even the simplest problem. A stroke in the left hemisphere can result in paralysis of the right side of the body and may disrupt the ability to speak.


A stroke involving the cerebellum may result in a lack of coordination (ataxia), clumsiness and balance problems, shaking, or other muscular difficulties. This can interfere with a person’s ability to walk, talk, eat and perform other self-care tasks.


Brain stem strokes are the most devastating and life threatening because they can disrupt the involuntary functions essential to life. People who survive may remain in a vegetative state or be left with severe impairments.  


Stroke – A support group for persons who have had a stroke, their families and friends.  For more information call Mary Kay at (309) 624-8575.


How it feels to have a stroke
How it feels to have a stroke Part 2
Rebuilding your own mind 
1 - 800 - STROKES    1 - 800 - 787 - 6537
   Stroke Smart Magazine
National Stroke Council 
NINDS Stroke Information Page
What You Need to Know About Stroke
The Blood Supply of the Brain



Reducing your weight by just 10 pounds may be enough to lower your blood pressure.

Losing weight can help to enhance the effects of high blood pressure medication

and may also reduce other risk factors, such as diabetes and high bad cholesterol.  





Endarterectomy is a surgical procedure removing plaque material from the lining of an artery.


Forgotten Stroke Survivors

New study conducted by National Stroke Association

emphasizes the needs of the Forgotten Stroke Survivor.

An alarming rate a stroke survivors are not receiving the proper information

on rehabilitation and recovery after a stroke.


Brain Attack Risk Factors for a Stroke


Brain Basics: Preventing Stroke



Brain Imaging May Identify High Risk Stroke Patients
Brain Attack A Look at Stroke Prevention and Treatment
Brain Attack Coalition
Stroke Rehabilitation - What to Expect After a Stroke
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Stroke   



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