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About 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year. About 610,000 are first strokes, and about 185,000 are recurrent strokes:footnote 1
- Stroke is a leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer.
- Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability.
- More women than men have a stroke every year. Because women live longer than men, their lifetime risk of stroke is higher than risk of stroke for men.
- African Americans are more likely than people of other races to have a stroke.
The exact number of people who have had a transient ischemic attack (TIA) is not known for certain, because people do not always recognize a TIA. Many people who have had a TIA don't ever see a doctor for it.
Men, African Americans, and Mexican Americans have TIAs more often than women and people of other races.footnote 1
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology
Current as ofAugust 21, 2015
Current as of: August 21, 2015
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