Defining Strokes: 

Stroke Statistics

  • In 2018, 1 in every 6 deaths from cardiovascular disease was due to stroke.1

  • Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every 4 minutes, someone dies of a stroke.

  • Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. About 610,000 of these are first or new strokes.

  • About 185,000 strokes—nearly 1 of 4—are in people who have had a previous stroke.

  • About 87% of all strokes are ischemic strokes, in which blood flow to the brain is blocked.

  • Stroke-related costs in the United States came to nearly $46 billion between 2014 and 2015.2 This total includes the cost of health care services, medicines to treat stroke, and missed days of work.

  • Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability.2 Stroke reduces mobility in more than half of stroke survivors age 65 and over.

Early Action Is Important for Stroke

 Know the warning signs and symptoms of stroke so that you can act fast if you or someone you know might be having a stroke. The chances of survival are greater when emergency treatment begins quickly.

  • In one survey, most respondents—93%—recognized sudden numbness on one side as a symptom of stroke. Only 38% were aware of all major symptoms and knew to call 9-1-1 when someone was having a stroke.4

  • Patients who arrive at the emergency room within 3 hours of their first symptoms often have less disability 3 months after a stroke than those who received delayed care.

More information: 

CDC: Stroke Fast Facts: 

https://www.cdc.gov/stroke/facts.htm