World Stroke Day

World Stroke Day is recognized on October 29th to raise public awareness of this serious medical condition, including identifying the symptoms and risk factors of stroke.

Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke, 1 which occurs if the blood supply to the part of brain is blocked or if a blood vessel bursts within the brain. Some of the consequences of stroke can be long-term disability, spasticity, brain damage or death.

Post-Stroke Spasticity

After a stroke, survivors can often experience spasticity, and it may be observed in a prevalence as high as 80% of stroke survivors.4 The first signs of spasticity may appear as early as within four weeks after brain injury.5 Spasticity can impact posture, comfort and function, which could limit movement and coordination.

Hear Diana’s story, who is living with spasticity following a stroke at the age of 34.


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Underlying Cause of Death, 1999–2018. CDC WONDER Online Database. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2018. Accessed September 29, 2021.
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  4. Chih-Lin Kuo, Gwo-Chi Hu, Post-stroke Spasticity: A Review of Epidemiology, Pathophysiology, and Treatments, International Journal of Gerontology, Volume 12, Issue 4, 2018, Pages 280-284, ISSN 1873-9598,
  5. J Neurol. 2010; 257(7): 1067–1072. Published online 2010 Feb 6. doi: 10.1007/s00415-010-5463-1
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