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.
More women than men have a stroke every year. Because women live longer than men, their lifetime risk of stroke is higher than risk of stroke for men.
African Americans are more likely than people of other races to have a stroke.
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. Many people who have had a TIA don't ever see a doctor for it.
Men, African Americans, and Mexican Americans have TIAs more often than women and people of other races.footnote 1
Mozaffarian D, et al. (2014). Heart disease and stroke statistics—2015 update. Circulation, published online December 17, 2014. DOI: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000000152. Accessed December 24, 2014.
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