Approximately 3.4 million people in the U.S. have epilepsy. This podcast discusses the signs and treatment for epilepsy. Created: 8/10/2017 by MMWR.
Date Released: 8/10/2017. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC Epilepsy Awareness
National and State Estimates of the Number of Persons with Active Epilepsy – United States, 2015 Recorded: August 8, 2017; posted: August 10, 2017
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Epilepsy is a brain disorder that leads to recurring seizures. Approximately 3.4 million people in the U.S. have epilepsy, with most cases occurring among adults. It can affect a person’s ability to engage in some daily activities, such as driving, working, or going to school. Risk factors include stroke, heart disease, head injury, and depression. However, the causes are often unknown. Epilepsy can be treated with medication and sometimes surgery, medical devices, or diet. If you think you’ve had a seizure, talk to your doctor as soon as possible. Early diagnosis is important.
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