On average, someone in the United States has a stroke every 45 seconds. It is the third-leading cause of death among Americans and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States.
Some other interesting stats*:
- The estimated direct and indirect cost of stroke for 2004 will be $53.6 billion.
- Each year about 700,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. About 500,000 of these are first attacks, and 200,000 are recurrent attacks.
- Each year about 40,000 more women than men have a stroke.
*Source: American Heart Association. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics — 2004 Update. Dallas, Tex.: American Heart Association; 2003. ©2003, American Heart Association.