Impact of a Stroke in the US

About 700,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke. That means, on average, a stroke occurs every 45 seconds.

Stroke kills more than 150,000 people a year. That's about 1 of every 16 deaths. It's the No. 3 cause of death behind diseases of the heart and cancer.

On average, every 3 to 4 minutes someone dies of stroke.

Of every 5 deaths from stroke, 2 occur in men and 3 in women.

The 2004 stroke death rates per 100,000 population for specific groups were 48.1 for white males, 47.4 for white females, 73.9 for black males and 64.9 for black females.

Americans will pay about $62.7 billion in 2007 for stroke-related medical costs and disability.

For more statistics about stroke, see Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics — 2008 Update.