In the U.S. someone dies from stroke every 4 minutes. May is stroke awareness month, so it is literally time to do something about it!

Discuss these alarming U.S. stroke statistics in your next CPR or First Aid class:

  • Strokes kill about 130,000 Americans each year. That’s 1 of every 20 deaths!
  • There are 800,000 stokes annually.
  • 1 of every 6 people will suffer a stroke in his or her lifetime.
  • Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death. (data from 2013)
  • Stroke is a leading cause of serious long term disability.
  • From a financial standpoint, strokes costs $34 billion a year.        

So what’s the good news?

  • Strokes are preventable, so learn how to reduce your risk factors.
  • Early recognition and action can significantly improve the outcome!

For more on stroke prevention, recognition, actions and how to spread the word during Stroke Awareness Month, click here.