None of us anticipates a stroke, yet stroke can happen to any of us.
Strokes occur in more young people than you might think. About one third of stroke survivors are between 20 and 64 years old. From that population, stroke incidence has jumped nearly 25 percent in recent years.
More women are affected by stroke than men. In fact, in the U.S., nearly 41,000 women die from breast cancer each year, while over 82,000 women die from stroke each year. That’s twice as many deaths from stroke as from breast cancer. Approximately 55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year.
This year, about 795,000 strokes will occur in this country. And it can happen to anyone. Below are the stories of women from northeast Florida who experienced stroke —women you’d never expect to be at higher risk. Thankfully, they are here to share their stories and offer all of us great insight and inspiration.
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