In recent years there has been more awareness on recognizing when someone is having a stroke than in the past, and I believe that speaks to our evolution as a society. Health is at the forefront in many regards and not just the recognition and prevention aspect, but rehabilitation, as well.
The statistics, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), show that on average, one American dies from a stroke every 4 minutes, and more than 795,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke each year. In addition to these numbers, strokes are also the leading cause of disability among adults in the United States. An estimated 6.8 million people–2.8% of the U.S. population– are living after having had a stroke, including 3.8 million women and 3 million men.