Stroke Statistics: 9 Sobering Survival Facts You Should Know


Although stroke has fallen from the third to fourth leading cause of death within the United States, outlook after survival is still grim. Medical treatment has become much more advanced for stroke survivors immediately following a stroke and through rehabilitation, but strokes are a very serious medical condition that require a lifetime of dedication to overcome.

Stroke severity and patient age are the two most important factors in predicting one’s chances of survival after a stroke. Stroke severity is measured by analyzing neurological impairments (in language and behaviors) and by conducting a CT scan or MRI.

Medical professionals will also use the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS), within 24 hours of a stroke, to measure neurological impairment and predict the chance of survival. Each point a patient scores, his or her odds of survival after three months decreases by 17 percent.

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