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What you need to know about epilepsy

Epilepsy is very common, but it can also be deadly. Here are some things you need to know.

One in 26 individuals will be impacted by epilepsy somewhere during their lifetime.  Epilepsy is basically the condition of having repeated seizures. Any age group can be affected; from infants to older adults; and in fact, the very old and the young tend to be the ones that are most impacted with the seizures that are associated with epilepsy.

NBC Latino contributor Dr. Joseph Sirven shares what you need to know about epilepsy.

Dr. Joseph Sirven is a first-generation Cuban-American. He is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurology and was past Director of Education for Mayo Clinic Arizona. He is editor-in-chief of epilepsy.com and has served U.S. and global governmental agencies including the Institute of Medicine, NASA, FAA, NIH and CDC.