“An estimated 7 million Americans have had a stroke (cerebrovascular disease). In 2008, direct medical costs of stroke were about $18.8 billion, with almost half of this amount being for hospitalization. Stroke was the fourth leading U.S. cause of death in 2009 and 2010. Numerous public health campaigns have sought to educate the public on how to lower stroke risk: for example, by increasing physical activity, controlling weight, stopping smoking, and taking medication to lower high blood pressure and high cholesterol. This report examines nationally representative data from 1989 to 2009 to see how inpatient hospital care for stroke has changed.”
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