Most of us are aware of a condition called stroke. We have heard this word a lot but never went in medical depth of this condition. A stroke is a disorder in the patient’s body in which there is sudden death of brain cells due to lack of oxygen. This may be because of hindrance in blood flow or rupturing of an artery that feeds the brain. The symptoms are very prominent as the person loses sight, ability to speak, have difficulty in remembering stuff or may even get paralyzed.
According to statistics, almost 140,000 people die because of stroke in the US alone. Almost 0.8 million people in the US suffer from strokes out of which 0.6 suffer from it for the first time and 0.2 suffer from it recurrently. The ratio of death in the US from strokes is almost 1 out of every 15. Moreover, talking more generally, the World Health Organization says that almost 15 million people suffer from strokes each year or more. Out of these, 5 million die and another 5 million suffer from permanent disabilities. Also, WHO says that the chances of getting a stroke doubles after the age of 55 as two thirds of the strokes that occur worldwide are to those exceeding the age of 65. Yet, a stroke may occur at any age.