First, the bad news. There are upwards of 800,000 strokes annually in the United States, an average of one every 45 seconds. Strokes are among the most common cause of adult disability in the United States and can have a devastating effect on patients’ quality of life.  

The good news is that most strokes are preventable, treatable and beatable, says Natalia Rost, MD, MPH, Chief of the Stroke Division at Massachusetts General Hospital, Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, and Samana Cay MGH Research Scholar 2019-2024.

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