How Common Are Strokes?

Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the United States. Approximately 600,000 strokes, or brain attacks, occur in the United States each year and of these, approximately 150,000 (25 percent) are fatal.

The incidence of stroke is higher in African Americans than Caucasians.

Stroke occurs at an equal rate in men and women, but women are more likely to die from stroke. Ischemic stroke occurs more frequently in people over age 65 and hemorrhagic stroke is more common in younger people.

Publication Review By: Stanley J. Swierzewski, III, M.D.

Published: 02 Jan 2000

Last Modified: 12 Jul 2013