Stroke by the Numbers
- 6.8 million Americans age 20 or older have had a stroke
- 795,000 have a stroke every year
- 610,000 are first strokes
- Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke
- Every four minutes, someone dies of stroke
- Stroke kills more than 137,000 annually
- Most common – ischemic stroke (87 percent)
- Caused by clot or blockage, cuts blood flow to brain
- Hemorrhagic strokes (13 percent)
- Blood vessel bursts, causes bleeding in or around brain
- In the U.S., stroke is:
- A leading cause of long-term disability
- Fourth highest cause of death
- Medical costs and disability from stroke cost Americans about $74.7 billion each year
Find out ways to manage stroke risk factors.
Learn your stroke risk with this quick stroke risk assessment.
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