- Nearly 800,000 (approximately 795,000) people in the United States have a stroke every year, with about three in four being first-time strokes.
- Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 130,000 people a year (128,978). That’s one in every 20 deaths.
- Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds.
- Every four minutes, someone dies of stroke.
- Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability and the leading preventable cause of disability.
- More women than men have strokes each year, in part because women live longer.
- 4,000,000 stroke survivors.
- Up to 80% or 600,000 strokes are preventable.
- Stroke kills more than twice as many American women every year as breast cancer.
Ischemic stroke is caused by a blood clot that blocks or plugs a blood vessel in the brain.
Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel bursts in or around the brain.