Epilepsy Facts

6 FACTS ABOUT EPILEPSY

Kara Lynn Foundation

Fact 1: About 50,000 people die in the US each year from epilepsy

(Prolonged seizures, SUDEP& related causes)

A sense of scale…..

  • -39,000 die from breast cancer
  • -15,000 die from prescription overdose
  • -12,000 die from skin cancer
  • -10,228 die in drunk driving accidents

Fact 2: 2.5-3 million people in the US have epilepsy

1 in 26 people diagnosed will experience reoccurring seizures

Fact 3: Over 70% of diagnosed Epilepsy patients report they are unable to hold or keep a job due to impairments, hospital stays, medication side effects, or most commonly workplace discrimination

Fact 4: Epilepsy is not contagious. The most common type of epilepsy, which affects 6 out of 10 people with the disorder, is called idiopathic epilepsy and has no identifiable cause.

Epilepsy with a known cause is called secondary epilepsy, or symptomatic epilepsy. The causes of secondary (or symptomatic) epilepsy could be: brain damage from prenatal or perinatal injuries (e.g. a loss of oxygen or trauma during birth, low birth weight),

Fact 5: Three fourths of affected people in developing countries do not get treatment.

Fact 6: Every second of a grandmal seizure is comparable to a 45 minute physical work out.

 

(Imagine the physical pain one would feel after a 3-4 minute seizure)

 

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