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Acute Stroke

Facts About Stroke

  • Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States.
  • More than 750,000 people have a stroke each year; 160,000 die from stroke.
  • Strokes cause more than twice as many deaths as breast cancer among American women.
  • African-Americans have twice the rate of stroke as Caucasian-Americans, and twice the death rate attributed to stroke.
  • Virginia and Washington, DC are part of the "Stroke Belt," an area with rates of stroke up to 10% higher than the rest of the country.
  • Obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, inactivity and overuse of alcohol are risk factors for stroke.

Warning Signs

  1. Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  2. Sudden confusion, difficulty speaking or understanding
  3. Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  4. Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  5. Sudden severe headache with no known cause
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  • The Inpatient Rehabilitation Center at Virginia Hospital Center has been accredited by CARF International for both the Inpatient Rehab Hospital Program and the Rehab Stroke Specialty Program – 2013-2016.  

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