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Stroke

Few Americans Fear Stroke

17 years, 10 months ago

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Posted on Sep 30, 2002, 6 a.m. By Bill Freeman

Results of a recent survey of 1,000 US adults questioning which disease or health threat they feared most, has revealed that few citizens appear to be fearful of stroke. Results showed that just 1% of participants said stroke was their biggest health fear, despite the fact that 35% had either had a stroke themselves or had a close friend or relative who had recently suffered a stroke.

Results of a recent survey of 1,000 US adults questioning which disease or health threat they feared most, has revealed that few citizens appear to be fearful of stroke. Results showed that just 1% of participants said stroke was their biggest health fear, despite the fact that 35% had either had a stroke themselves or had a close friend or relative who had recently suffered a stroke. Top of the list was cancer with 33% of respondents reporting that cancer was their biggest health concern. Next with 13% of the votes came heart disease or heart attack. Meanwhile stroke came joint last along with other diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, and stress, each of which were the most feared diseases in just 1% of people. While few people appear to fear stroke it actually accounts for 1 in every 14 deaths in the US.

SOURCE/REFERENCE: Stroke 2002; 33: 1173

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