Health Professionals

Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability and the third leading cause of death. Annually, approximately 795,000 Americans suffer a Stroke. North Carolina ranks 7th in the nation for Stroke death, and Stroke costs an estimated $1.05 billion each year.

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While Stroke is caused by a form of cardiovascular disease that also cause heart disease, unlike heart disease, Stroke disables more than it kills. An estimated 5 million Stroke survivors live with a wide range of disabilities, and approximately 30 percent of those are severely disabled, requiring extensive and costly care.

Among health professionals, the prevailing motto is: “The best way to treat a Stroke is to prevent one from happening.” Thus, NCSA has focused their efforts on reducing Stroke incidence and impact by:

  1. Increasing public awareness through Stroke risk screenings and education on Stroke risk factors and Stroke symptoms, and
  2. Enhancing post-Stroke survivor and caregiver quality of life.
  3. Improving access to timely, state-of-the-art stroke care statewide

If you or a loved one are experiencing Stroke symptoms, call 911 and get to the hospital IMMEDIATELY! Treatments are available that may dramatically reduce a Stroke’s devastating effects—but they must be provided within a few hours of the onset of a Stroke.