Fmr. U.S. Sen. Mark Steven Kirk resuming his public duties following a stroke (Image: CSPAN video screen shot)

Fmr. U.S. Sen. Mark Steven Kirk resuming his public duties following a stroke (Image: CSPAN video screen shot)

Every 40 seconds an American will suffer from a stroke, attributing to over 130,000 deaths. With approximately 795,000 Americans suffering from a stroke each year, according to stroke center.org, it is estimated that 600,000 stroke events occur for the first time and 185,000 are recurrent.

Stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability in the United States.

As a sudden interruption of blood flow to the brain, a stroke is primarily
caused by blockages of an artery or arteries.

A stroke occurs suddenly and requires immediate medical attention.

There are three primary types of stroke, according to strokecenter.org:

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