Stroke and TIA: Who Is Affected

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Topic Overview

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 attacks:1

  • Stroke is a leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer.
  • Stroke is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States.
  • More women than men die from strokes every year. Because women live longer than men, their lifetime risk of stroke is higher than risk of stroke for men.
  • Blacks are almost twice as likely as whites 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. And about half of the 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.1

References

Citations

  1. Go AS, et al. (2014). Heart disease and stroke statistics—2014 update: A report from the American Heart Association. Circulation, 129(1): e28–e292. DOI: 10.1161/01.cir.0000441139.02102.80. Accessed January 24, 2014.

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology

Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014

Current as of: September 9, 2014