Stroke Statistics


  • On average, every 40 seconds, a stroke occurs; and every 4 minutes, someone dies of a stroke
  • Stroke accounts for 1 of every 18 deaths in the US, making it the #4 most common cause of death
  • Stroke is the #2 most common leading cause of death in the world (11%) behind only to heart disease (13%)
  • Stroke occurs more frequently in men than in women
  • However, stroke has a higher mortality rate in women (60%) than in men (40%)
  • Stroke surpassed breast cancer (#5), as the #2 leading cause of death of women
  • Stroke is one of the leading causes of serious long-term disability and institutionalized care in the US
  • Stroke has a significant economical impact on the US with stroke-related medical and disability costs exceeding $73B in 2010

Source: American Heart Association, World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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