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Stroke Facts

Stroke Facts

Stroke Facts

All Data Refer to the United States (2018)
  • About 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke each year.
  • All told, about 7.2 million adults >20 years old report having had a stroke.
  • Non-Hispanic black adults are nearly twice as likely as Non-Hispanic white adults to have a history of stroke. Some projections suggest this disparity may increase by 2030.
  • Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. (behind diseases of the heart, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, and unintentional injuries/accidents). Worldwide, stroke is the second most common cause of death after ischemic heart disease.
  • Overall more women than men die of stroke, due to the larger number of elderly women.
  • From 2005 to 2015 the number of stroke deaths declined by 21.7 percent – perhaps reflecting the success of increased hypertension control efforts.
  • The prevalence of stroke increases with age in both men and women; however a significant number of strokes also occur in individuals under the age of 65.
  • Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability.
  • The estimated direct and indirect cost of stroke in 2013-2014 was $40.1 billion.