The Stroke Center
Watauga Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™
for certification as a Primary Stroke Center.
Did you know?
- Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death, killing over 133,000 people each year.
- Estimated 7,000,000 stroke survivors in the U.S.
- Approx. 795,000 strokes will occur this year, one every 40 seconds.
- Stroke can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of race, sex or age.
- Approx. 55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year.
- Two million brain cells die every min- ute during a stroke.
- Women are twice as likely to die from stroke than breast cancer annually.
- Estimated cost of stroke in the U.S. per year is $73.7 billion.
- Stroke is the leading cause of serious long-term disability.
- African Americans have almost twice the risk of first-ever stroke.
What is a stroke?
- A stroke or “brain attack” occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain.
- Brain cells begin to die and brain damage occurs.
- Abilities controlled by that area of the brain are lost, i.e. speech, movement and memory.
- How a stroke patient is affected depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much the brain is damaged.
Is it a stroke? Check these signs FAST!