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What is a stroke?

what is a stroke?

Just as a heart attack is what happens when blood can’t get to your heart, a stroke is the result of an interruption in blood flow to the brain. Among Americans, stroke is the 3rd leading cause of death as well as a major cause of disability.

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Learn More About Stroke

795,000 PEOPLE

IN THE U.S.

HAVE A STROKE

EVERY YEAR

EVERY 40 SECONDS

SOMEONE IN THE U.S.

HAS SOME

TYPE OF STROKE

MORE WOMEN

THAN MEN

HAVE SOME

TYPE OF STROKE

EACH YEAR

THE HEART HEALTH RISK TOOL1

LEARN YOUR RISK OF A HEART ATTACK OR STROKE

Do you know your risk factors?2 Find out and get a personalized heart-healthy action plan to share with your doctor.

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