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)