Stroke is a leading cause of
serious, long-term disability in the United States.
Women are less
likely than men to have a stroke in almost all age ranges. But because women live longer than men, their lifetime risk of stroke is higher than for men. And more women than men die from strokes every year.
Blacks are almost twice as likely as whites to have a
The exact number of people who have had a
transient ischemic attack (TIA) is not known for
certain, because people do not always recognize a TIA. And about half of the people who have had a TIA don't ever see a doctor for it.
After a stroke, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns about how -- and even if -- you will recover. When will you be able to move your arms? Is your independent life gone forever?
It's difficult to predict to what degree someone will recover after a stroke, says Randie M. Black-Schaffer, MD. Schaffer is medical director of the Stroke Program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. "How quickly a patient recovers in the first few weeks," she says, "can give us an indication of...