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Statistics and Facts about Stroke

February 18, 2013

Also known as “brain attack”, a stroke results from the interruption of blood flow to the brain, which can be caused by the formation of a blood clot in the artery or the breaking of a blood vessel. It is a dangerous condition that can lead to brain damage and permanent disability, such as memory, speech, or movement impairment.

the truth about strokeHere are some statistics and facts that can give you a better understanding of the dangers of stroke:

  • Stroke is the fourth deadliest disease in the United States, behind heart disease, cancer, and lower respiratory disease.
  • More than 133,000 Americans die from stroke every year.
  • Stroke is the number one cause of severe long-term disability among adults in the US.
  • Around 795,000 cases of stroke occur each year, which is equivalent to about one every 40 seconds.
  • Stroke claims one life every four minutes or so.
  • Stroke can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, or race.
  • Over 425,000 women experience stroke every year, which is 55,000 more than men.
  • African Americans are nearly twice as likely to experience a first-ever stroke as whites.
  • Ischemic stroke accounts for approximately 87% of all strokes.
  • Although hemorrhagic stroke only accounts for about 13% of all strokes, it is responsible for over 30% of all deaths resulting from stroke.
  • When a person is experiencing a stroke, about two million of his or her brain cells die every minute, making him or her more vulnerable to brain damage and disability.
  • It is estimated that the cost of stroke in the US in 2010 was $73.7 billion.

If you need more information about stroke, do not hesitate to contact our doctors.

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