Stroke Facts: Incidence and Prevalence
- Stroke is the #1 cause of chronic disability and #3 cause of death in Hawaii (State of Hawaii Department of Health, 2017).
- In 2014, 3.1% of the population (over 43,000 people) of Hawai’i indicated they had been told by a doctor, nurse, or other health professional that they had a stroke (Hawai’i Health Data Warehouse, 2014).
- Hawai’i’s stroke rate is 53.2 per 100,000 people, which is higher than the national average of 47.8 per 100,000 (Centers for Disease Control, 2015).
EFFECTS OF STROKES:
The brain is an extremely complex organ that controls various body functions. Every stroke is unique. If a stroke occurs and blood flow cannot reach the region of the brain and controls a particular body function, that part of the body may not work as it should.
If a stroke occurs in the right side of the brain, the following could occur:
- Paralysis on the left side of the body
- Vision problems
- Development of a quick, inquisitive behavioral style
- Memory loss
If a stroke occurs on the left side of the brain, the following could occur:
- Paralysis on the right side of the body
- Speech/language problems
- Development of a slow, cautious behavioral style
- Memory loss
For more information, please go to: http://www.strokeassociation.org/idc/groups/stroke-public/@wcm/@hcm/documents/downloadable/ucm_309716.pdf
Citation: American Stroke Association (2012). Retrieved from http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/AboutStroke/EffectsofStroke/Effects-of-Stroke_UCM_308534_SubHomePage.jsp