Stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States and causes more serious long-term disabilities than any other disease. Stroke is one of the leading causes of Aphasia, an acquired language disorder, in adults. Speech-language pathologists are professionals who help those with aphasia regain their ability to communicate with family and friends. Each year, there are more than 800,000 strokes in the United States. Nearly three-quarters of all strokes occur in people over the age of 65, and the risk of having a stroke more than doubles each decade after the age of 55. The National Institutes of Health through the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) developed the Know Stroke. Know the Signs. Act in Time. campaign to help educate the public about the symptoms of stroke and the importance of getting to the hospital quickly. The good news is that strokes can be prevented. The NIH provides information to help you mind your risks, including an interactive quiz. Read the infographic below to help you know your risks.
Know your risks for stroke