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Cardiovascular Disease Statistics on Stroke

The following cardiovascular disease statistics are related to stroke:
  • Stroke is the third highest cause of death in the United States. More than 160,000 people die each year from stroke in the United States.
  • Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability.
  • About 700,000 strokes occur in the United States each year. About 500,000 of these are first strokes. About 200,000 occur in people who have already had a stroke.
  • Nearly three-quarters of all strokes occur in people over the age of 65. The risk of having a stroke more than doubles each decade after age of 55.
  • Strokes can -- and do -- occur at any age. Nearly one-quarter of strokes occur in people under the age of 65.
  • Stroke death rates are higher for African Americans than for whites, even at younger ages.
  • According to the American Heart Association's statistics, stroke cost almost $57 billion in both direct and indirect costs in 2005.
  • It has been noted for several decades that the southeastern United States has the highest stroke mortality rates in the country. It is not completely clear what factors might contribute to the higher incidence of mortality from stroke in this region.

Tables of Statistics on Cardiovascular Disease

The following tables present cardiovascular disease statistics broken down according to specific diseases during 2001 and 2002.
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