The following statistics were provided by the US Centers for Disease Control.
- Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer and stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability.
- In the US, someone suffers a stroke on average every 40 seconds. On average every 4 minutes someone dies from a stroke.
- Ischemic strokes, where blood clots block blood flow to the brain, are the most common, accounting for about 87% of strokes.
- Although stroke risk does increase with age, they can effect people of ALL ages.
- In the US, the Southeast has the highest rates of death from stroke.
The following are risk factors for stroke along with the percentage of Americans that have them:
- Inactivity – 39.5%
- Obesity – 33.9%
- High blood pressure – 30.5%
- Cigarette smoking – 20.8%
- High cholesterol – 15.6%
- Diabetes – 10.1%
Approximately 37% of Americans report two or more of the following risk factors.
Some great materials on stroke prevention and awareness can be found at the NINDS, http://stroke.nih.gov/