Although stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the number one cause of long-term adult disability, there are many misconceptions about stroke. Here are some of the most common ones.
|Stroke cannot be prevented.
|Up to 80% of strokes are preventable.
|There is no treatment for stroke.
|At any sign of stroke call 9-1-1 immediately. Treatment may be available.
|Stroke only affects the elderly.
|Stroke can happen to anyone at any time.
|Stroke happens in the heart.
|Stroke is a “brain attack.”
|Stroke recovery only happens for the first few months after a stroke.
|Stroke recovery is a lifelong process.
|Strokes are rare.
|Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S. There are nearly 7 million stroke survivors in the U.S.
|Strokes are not hereditary.
|Family history of stroke increases your chance for stroke.
|If stroke symptoms go away, you don’t need to seek medical attention.
|Temporary stroke symptoms are called transient ischemic attacks (TIA). They are warning signs prior to actual stroke and need medical attention immediately.