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  • Stroke is the third largest killer in the United States, after heart disease and cancer.
  • Each year, about 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke.  Of those, about 30% die within a year, and about 15% to 30% have some degree of permanent disability.
  • Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability in the United States.
  • Stroke incidence increases with age—more than 70% of strokes happen in people older than 65.
  • Strokes happen more often in African Americans than in whites or Hispanics.
  • Although stroke is slightly more common in men than in women, women are more likely to die of a stroke.
  • The American Heart Association estimates the cost of stroke-related health care to be almost $73 billion each year.

Source: American Heart Association and National Stroke Association

See also on this site: Stroke

Updated October 2013
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