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,

Risk Scorecard

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