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Stroke Awareness Day is May 2

April 30, 2001

Stroke facts and figures



Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States behind diseases of the heart and cancer.

Each year, about 600,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke, which equals one stroke every 53 seconds. A person dies from a stroke every 3.3 minutes.

Almost 160,000 people are killed by stroke each year. Three out of every five are women.

About 4.5 million stroke survivors are alive today.

There are an average of 360 people each year who are admitted to Washington County Hospital with stroke symptoms. According to Alison Serafini, case manager for ischemic stroke patients at the hospital, However, some are ruled out as strokes.

At City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., 127 patients were diagnosed last year as having a stroke.

In 2000, there were 131 stroke cases at Chambersburg Hospital in Chambersburg, Pa. At Waynesboro Hospital in Waynesboro, Pa., there were 72 cases.

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- Sources: American Stroke Association, Washington County Hospital, City Hospital, Summit Health.

Stroke Awareness Day is May 2



Wednesday, May 2, is Stroke Awareness Day in the state of Maryland. There will be 24 sites where blood pressure screenings will be offered, including four in Washington County:

Next to the Wal-Mart snack bar in the Centre at Hagerstown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Next to the pharmacy of Martin's Food Markets on Dual Highway and in Fountainhead Plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At Washington County Free Library from 10 a.m. to noon.

For information about Stroke Awareness Day activities, call the American Stroke Association at 1-800-886-3065.

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