Like so many things it seems when a celebrities name is attached to anything the public seems to stand up and take notice. In 2011, three weeks before the Oscars, the International Stroke Conference was held in Hollywood. Using the location as inspiration the organizers of the conference, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association decided to research the frequency of stroke among a very elite group of people, Oscar nominees.
They discovered of the 409 men and women nominated from 1927-2009:
- 30 (7.3 %) suffered strokes and 39 (9.5%) suffered heart attacks
- 67 was the average age of when they had their first stroke
- 18 of the 30 (60%) stroke victims were women
- 6 of the 30 (20%) suffered fatal strokes.
Among the 18 female stroke victims is Sharon Stone. Sharon was 43 and training for a 3 mile charity run when she suffered a stroke. After her recovery she became a spokesperson for the American Stroke Association and filmed this PSA.
Here is the complete list of those who suffered stroke and their most recent best actor/actress Oscar nomination: