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Stroke Statistics

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association - 2009:

  • Stroke is the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States.
  • 780,000 strokes occur annually in the United States.
    • 600,000 of these are new strokes.
    • 180,000 are recurrent strokes.
  • 87,000 of all strokes are classified as 'Ischemic'.

According to the National Stroke Association - 2009:

  • Strokes can happen to anyone, anytime, regardless of race, sex or age.
    • 55,000 more women than men have strokes each year.
    • Men's stroke incidence rates are greater than women's at a younger age, but not older ages.
    • Afro Americans have almost twice the risk of first-ever stroke compared with Caucasions.
  • 144,000 die from stroke annually in the United States.
  • Estimated direct and indirect cost of stroke for 2009 is $68.9 BILLION.
  • One third of those diagnosed with TIA will have stroke in the future.

  • 2 MILLION brain cells die every minute during a stroke, increasing risk of permanent brain damage.