Everyone has some stroke risk. Being over the age of 55, African American, having diabetes or a family history of stroke all increase your risk. Learn about stroke facts and how they affect your risk. Stroke is more common in men at younger ages and in women as they grow older. Persons with a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation are at are at a higher risk for strokes and up to 80% of strokes in people with A-fib can be prevented.
Environmental Risk Factors
- Strokes are more common among people living in the southeastern U.S. than in other areas. This may be because of regional differences in lifestyle, race, smoking habits, and diet.
- Stroke deaths occur more often during extreme temperatures.
- There is some evidence that strokes are more common among low-income people.
Stroke Facts in the United States
- Stroke kills almost 130,000 Americans each year—that’s 1 out of every 20 deaths.
- On average, one American dies from stroke every 4 minutes.
- Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke.
- About 610,000 of these are first or new strokes.
- Roughly 185,00 strokes—nearly one of four—are in people who have had a previous stroke.
- About 87% of all strokes are ischemic strokes.
- Stroke costs the United States an estimated $34 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications to treat stroke, and missed days of work.
- Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability.
You should discuss your risk for having a stroke with your primary care provider. They can help you know how to best minimize your risk for having a stroke.