Stroke Facts and Statistics

11 Things You Should Know About Stroke
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How many people in the U.S. have a stroke every year?
More than 795,000 Americans have a stroke every year. About three-quarters of these are first strokes and one-quarter are subsequent strokes.1

How many people in the U.S. die from stroke every year?
Stroke kills 130,000 Americans each year. One American dies from stroke every 4 minutes.1

What is the economic impact of stroke in the U.S.?
Stroke costs the U.S. about $38.6 billion each year in medication, services, and lost productivity.1

Are older people at greater risk for stroke?
Stroke risk increases with age. Still, 34 percent of people hospitalized for stroke were under 65 in 2009.1

Who's more likely to die from a stroke: men or women?
Forty percent of stroke deaths occur in males and 60 percent in females.2

What are ischemic strokes?
Ischemic strokes are the most common kind, occurring when a blood clot blocks the blood vessels to the brain. Eighty-seven percent of all strokes are ischemic.2 In an ischemic stroke, 32,000 brain cells die within one second; in one minute, 2 million brain cells die.3

Are there differences in stroke risk based on race?
African-Americans have more than twice the risk of having a first stroke than whites.3

Does stroke lead to permanent disability?
Of people surviving a stroke, 15 to 30 percent become permanently disabled.4,5

What kinds of disabilities happen to older adults after ischemic stroke?
In survivors of ischemic stroke over age 65, 35 percent have symptoms of depression, 30 percent can't walk without assistance, 26 percent are moved to a nursing home, and 19 percent have difficulty speaking or comprehending language.5

Can older people walk again after a stroke?
Seven in 10 stroke sufferers over 65 can walk on their own just six months after the stroke, and 3 in 4 are able to live independently.5

Can strokes be prevented?
Eighty percent of strokes are preventable if patients work with a healthcare provider to reduce risk factors.6

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1. "Stroke Facts." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last reviewed March 20, 2013.
2. "Stroke Facts." Stroke Awareness Foundation. Accessed March 24, 2013.
3. "Stroke 101 Fact Sheet." National Stroke Association. Accessed March 24, 2013.
4. "Stroke Facts." St. Anthony's Medical Center. Accessed March 24, 2013.
5. "Stroke -- Rehabilitation." Accessed March 24, 2013.
6. "Stroke Prevention." National Stroke Association.