Stroke continues to be a leading cause of death in Minnesota

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in Minnesota, with 2,154 deaths in 2010, according to new data from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) released on May 1. During that year, more than 75,000 Minnesotans, or 1.9 percent of adults, reported having had a stroke in their lifetime.

A stroke is a “brain attack” that occurs when blood flow to tissues in the brain is interrupted. Strokes can lead to permanent disability and death.

To help raise awareness about stroke in Minnesota, Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed May as Stroke Awareness Month in Minnesota.