Each year, approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke. About 600,000 of these are first attacks, and 185,000 are recurrent attacks.3 Plus, more than half (58%) of Americans don’t even know if they’re at risk for stroke.1 That’s why the American Stroke Association established American Stroke Month, recognized every May, to help increase public awareness about the warning signs of stroke, symptoms of a stroke, stroke prevention, and the impact of stroke on survivors, families, and caregivers.
AAPM&R is diligently advocating for physiatrists who practice stroke rehabilitation. Learn about our resources and efforts.
Stroke Fast Facts:
- Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke.1
- Stroke is the leading preventable cause of disability. 1
- Total direct medical stroke-related costs are projected to triple by 2030, from $71.6 billion in 2012 to $184.1 billion.1
- Up to 80% of strokes are preventable.2
- Stroke recovery is a lifelong process.2
Take this opportunity to advance your clinical skills in stroke by visiting mē® for our collection of resources, developed by your peers, as well as articles on PM&R Knowledge NOW®.
Stroke Activities on mē®:
Physiatry is More Than...A Glass Coffin—read this inspiring story of retired aerospace engineer Earle Powdrell in your May issue of The Physiatrist.