Stroke Is #1 Cause of Death & Disability Worldwide

9 out of 10 Strokes Result from Blood Clots

What is a Stroke?

Stroke is a “brain attack,” causing:

A loss of blood supply to the brain (usually from blood clots).

Brain cell damage from a lack of oxygen

Temporary or irreparable damage to muscle control, memory and other essential functions

Stroke Statistics

Stroke Effects

Effects of stroke vary, ranging from minor limb weakness to permanent paralysis, speech impairment or even death. Two-thirds of survivors experience some type of disability. About 80 percent strokes are preventable. Once a stroke occurs, time is of the essence in seeking treatment.

The Impact of Stroke in The U.S.

Stroke is responsible for taking the lives of 128,932 Americans each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It’s the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and the third most lethal cardiovascular disease.


They can happen to people of any age at any time

New Cases

There are 800,000 new strokes each year in the U.S., 10 million globally


One stroke occurs every 40 seconds


Cost of stroke in 2012= $60 billion


9 out of 10 result from blood clots


1 in 19 American deaths each year are attributed to stroke


There are 7 million survivors in the U.S.

Stroke Awareness

Warning Signs

Remember “F.A.S.T.” to spot stroke signs and know when to call 9-1-1.

Face Drooping

Arm Weakness

Speech Difficulty

Time to call 9-1-1


These healthy habits help prevent strokes, but also heart attacks:

  1. Don’t smoke.
  2. Be physically active.
  3. Eat a healthy diet.
  4. Maintain a healthy body weight.
  5. Control cholesterol.
  6. Control blood pressure.
  7. Control blood sugar.


Pulse joins with the American Stroke Association, organizations and survivors across the country in supporting Stroke Awareness Month each May. With increased awareness, this life-threatening condition is preventable and treatable.


Faces of Stroke

As a leading cause of death and disability across the globe, stroke impacts people of all ages and backgrounds. Although about 800,000 new cases happen every year in the U.S., stroke is both preventable and treatable.

Be inspired by these people who have faced stroke in their own lives, families and communities (Source:

Further reading

How Pulse MED Helps Stroke Patients

The groundbreaking solution of Pulse Therapeutics essentially is designed to boost the speed of clot-busting treatments, giving stroke patients improved outcomes.

Pulse’s Magnetically-Enhanced Diffusion (MED) technology overcomes the obstacle of stagnant blood flow issue, enhancing the delivery of Tissue Plasminogen Activator (tPA), a very powerful clot-busting drug, which is the FDA-approved therapy and “gold standard” of care used in stroke treatment.