Lately there have been articles in the NY Times, Newsweek and the Huffington Post on the staggering number of people affected by epilepsy. Take a look at the information below, you might be surprised when you learn how many people are living with and dying as a result of epilepsy.
Epilepsy affects more than 65 million people worldwide.
2.2 Million Americans
Epilepsy and seizures affects 2.2 million Americans of all ages.
3rd Most Common
Epilepsy is the third most common neurological disorder in the US after Alzheimer’s and stroke.
40 Different types of Seizures
There are over 40 different types of seizures. Not all of them involve convulsions. Tricky little buggers.
70% have No Known Cause
There is no known cause in 70 percent of the cases diagnosed. Yep you read that right, 70 percent.
3X Higher Mortality Rate
The mortality rate is 2 to 3 times higher among people with epilepsy. Oh yeah, and the risk of sudden death is (brace yourself) 24 times greater.
Children under 15
200,000 new cases are diagnosed in the US each year. More than 20 percent are children under the age of 15.
So is it really any surprise that most people know someone with epilepsy considering these numbers?
These statistics are available via the Epilepsy Foundation of America and UNAID, WHO, IOM, and NINDS.