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.