Every 45 Seconds, Someone in America Has a Stroke

In fact, 700,000 Americans experience stroke symptoms every year, making it the third leading killer and the number one cause of adult disability in the United States. NNI stroke specialists are working to change those statistics with help from the American Heart and American Stroke Associations and other healthcare organizations.

There are two million brain cells that die every minute during a stroke, but up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented! Prevention requires understanding about risk factors and taking action to change behavior. Certain health and lifestyle issues — called risk factors — increase your chances of having a stroke. The leading risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure. There are many other factors that also put you at risk. Risk factors like increasing age, gender, race and family history can't be changed. Many others can be changed.

Risk Factors You Can't Change

  • Age
  • Race
  • Gender
  • Family history
  • Prior stroke or heart attack

Risk Factors You Can Change

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Obesity
  • Diet
  • Level of exercise