What You Didn’t Know Could Save You

By Genentech, Special for  USDR

In the United States, someone has a stroke every 40 secondsi, accounting for one in 20 deathsii. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries blood and oxygen to the brain is blocked by plaque or a blood clot (acute ischemic stroke) or ruptures and bleeds (hemorrhagic  stroke).iii

However, the prevalence and death rates from stroke vary widely across the U.S. In eight Southern states called the “Stroke Belt,”iv the death rate from stroke is more than 20 percent higher than the U.S.  averagev.