About 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke
each year. About 610,000 are first strokes, and about 185,000 are recurrent
Stroke is a leading cause of death,
after heart disease and cancer.
Stroke is a leading cause of
serious, long-term disability in the United States.
Women are less
likely than men to have a stroke in almost all age ranges. But because women live longer than men, their lifetime risk of stroke is higher than for men. And more women than men die from strokes every year.
Blacks are almost twice as likely as whites to have a
The exact number of people who have had a
transient ischemic attack (TIA) is not known for
certain, because people do not always recognize a TIA. And about half of the people who have had a TIA don't ever see a doctor for it.
It is estimated that about 200,000 to 500,000 TIAs happen in the United States each year. Men and African Americans have TIAs more often than women and people of other races.1
Roger VL, et al. (2011). Heart disease and stroke statistics 2011 update: A report from the American Heart Association. Circulation, 123(4): e18–e209.
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